In life, you never know who you are going to meet, where you might meet them or what affect you may have on each other. And whether it turns out to be a long friendship, relationship, or just a pleasant conversation, the twists and turns these people bring to our lives are priceless. This was my experience today as I sat and ate lunch at a popular little place.
This has been a time of transition for me, as many very difficult chapters have come to a close. This has left me a bit weary and a bit melancholy for the wear. I am stepping back, taking a break, slowing down and recharging my batteries a bit. It has been a tough road, and sometimes we just need to take a breath, and dust ourselves off before starting back again.
The conversation with this woman came at exactly the right time. She was very friendly and enthusiastic. She was passionate about what she did, and her purpose. And as I talked with her, her passion and enthusiasm started to rub off on me. And I started to smile a bit and laugh. And I felt better about my day, and my writing and my goals.
She is retired military, a life coach, divorce counselor and public speaker who wants to empower women and young people. It was clear she does what she loves and is very grateful. She was a breath of fresh air and a much needed reminder to this tired soul.
And when she left, she left me in a much better mood than I was before. And then when I asked for my check, I found that she had already taken care of it. A very sweet gesture from one woman to another. And I will pay it forward to continue the good will. And whether or not I ever meet this lady again, she inspired me to have a better day and a bigger smile.
And that’s the thing about life. You never know what might happen, who you might meet or the experiences you might have that are unplanned along the trip. And would we really want it any other way? We must always stay curious about life, those around us and the possibilities that are just around the corner. We must always be aware that, in essence, we are all in this together, this journey of life.
We may get discouraged, we may fail 100 times or more, before even one success. We may have a hard time, we may be beaten down, weary, tired, feeling low. But we can reach deep down inside, where the soul meets the spirit, and start the upward climb. And when we get there, there will be others just like us, who have come a long way too.
And on a personal note, I took this as Godwink, a little way to show me that I am on the right path, doing the right things. And that everything will be OK and work out. I just need to be patient, have faith and hold on.
So join me, in my climb. Lets try and encourage each other together.