February 15, 2018 (day 2)
I had the pleasure of meeting a new friend for a cup of coffee today in a beautiful spot that I walk by frequently and never go in. I now wonder why not?! And so very often I am reminded of all the goodness on my path, but also my regimen and routine that keeps me less adventurous without even knowing it. I wanted to say “too busy maybe next week” and instead I said yes. We have much in common and also very different lives and experiences. Both transplants to this city we call home and very at home with one another.
We need those kind of connections now, don’t we? Each one of us willing to pause and invite one another in. Into conversation and a bit about each other. Exchanging numbers and taking action to actually use them. It sounds like dating which I have not been a part of for quite some years of marriage, and yet friendship is about an investment in time, risk, being open, listening and being heard. I am pretty fortunate in the friendship department and there have been times in my life I wasn’t exactly the best friend. Part of my journey and the gift of full circle.
And tonight the elephant in the room is that it just feels hard to breathe when there is senseless pain and tragedy that seems unfathomable. Bad dream please wake up and deliver me from the nightmare of this news. Which is why I need a tribe. I need a couple actually. And this morning when I wrote I heard “THIS IS THE DAY. THIS IS THE ONLY DAY.” Which means live and love fiercely. Including right where your two feet are. This moment in our FB tribe la la land. Share the good news too. Not to forget, but to honor life itself. The breath and the blood flowing through your veins. One and only you. Honor that in those around us too.
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