Human bonding involves risk. It is not for the faint at heart. You have to lay your soul bare if you are to experience the highest levels of true love, compassion, and ultimate fulfillment. For those that choose to push themselves to the extent of such experiences, the consequences include rejection, isolation, and increased fear. They are the true daredevils in life. They are willing to risk it all for the one thing that technology will never replace: true connections.
The origins of our friendship involve flowers. She made me feel so special with her caring customer service. I gave her flowers for Secretary’s Day, and she did not even work for me. I would imagine it was a shock to receive them from a client that did not even belong to her; however, the truth of the matter was that she had become a reference point of warmth for me. We probably became friends that day. I knew that she was a very special individual but wasn’t sure what made her this way. It wasn’t long before the reasons became crystal clear.
On one random weekday in the Summer of 2012, we were having a conversation. We were still quite new to each other but the comfort level felt as if it lingered from a previous lifetime. I was explaining my desire to have an event for women to come and enjoy sisterhood. A slow steady gaze of interest fell over me. My new friend expressed an interest in attending. It was not long before she did appear at a now memorable circle. It was a night filled with admiration and knowledge. It was the night that her short stature dwarfed everyone in the room.
It was the Fall season. My assistant was working hard on the setup while I greeted women. The waitresses were very kind and attentive to our needs. Approximately ten women attended with my original sister calling to check in on us. Once the lively discussion began after dinner, the conversation took an unexpected turn. The frustation of one woman with her lack of business progress struck a chord with my new friend. She was soon standing in front of everyone as the tallest woman in the room. Everyone sat in awe as she effortlessly shared her knowledge. No one wanted to move in spite of the fact that the hour was growing quite late. No one looked at a cell phone or a watch for fear that the feeling would go away. One would think that it was a rehearsed scene from a movie when in fact it was simply a testimony from a very astute individual. All of us would still be sitting there at IHOP if she did not happen to check her watch to see that it was 1:00am.
The circle did not close that night. We sped home to dive into bed and pray that sandman had not forsaken us. Before my head hit the pillow, my captivating friend received a phone call from me. My words made it very clear that she was being hired as a workshop presenter, and that she had to give me a date when this would be possible. She happily accepted and executed two rather informative presentations on behalf of the Circle of Sisterhood. I have taken formal business classes with experts that have spent many years before standing in front of a group of people with advice. This individual knows as much as they do if not more and she isn’t in her thirties yet.
It is unclear to me if I will ever be able to truly express my admiration for this talented lady. There is no one else like her on earth because the human race would not be able to handle it. While I have told her, perhaps the written word will do a better job of putting my thoughts about her existence into a better perspective. The way she looks at life, the way she analyzes things, and the conclusions that she reaches are far removed from anything that is considered the status quo or common. Why, she even has different looks! She has not yet reached her peak in life. I am fond of referring to her as the talented, the captivating one because she needs to get used to receiving awards.
This elevated person defies limitations and does not accept failure because it simply is not on the list. She is an unforgettable character that keeps me on that lively thrill. She has the vision to look at an individual and see all of the possibilities instead of the downward spirals. Anytime spent with her is a drop of water into the bucket of fun. When she has something to say to you, it is said without hesitation good or bad; this is a speaker of truth. She will no doubt read this and call me while misty as she is a fan of my blog. When she does, a big smile shall cross my face because maybe then I will have expressed my genuine happiness for our friendship. Perhaps I should get tissues now.
As I sit in front of my computer on a Saturday night, my mind reflects on the transition back to work and how eventful the week was. I have not had a lot of time for myself and have enjoyed my chance to finally exist without the insane madness. The impending weather seems to have affected much of the normal activity and people seem to be in a huff over a natural happening.
A hurricane is a nautral phenomena. It brings about change to the environment. I think of it as a destructive force that will cause the ultimate in recreation. The earth will be blessed with much needed rain for our crops to produce nourishing food for our bodies. Heavy winds will blow seeds to the four corners of the earth thus causing life in places where it did not exist before. The skies will be gray as a balance to the sun to which we are so accustomed. It will make us appreciate it the warmth that much more when it returns.
Many of us will be confined indoors without the normal excuse of work or appointments to separate us from bonding as families. I venture to say that many babies will be conceived over the next three days or so. New life in the universe is always an awesome event. This would be a wonderful time to attend to that extra hour of sleep that you have been needing or attempting that meditation that always escapes you. Because today was slower than my week, I was able to reach out to my wonderful sisters that perhaps needed to hear from me. I am grateful to have extended the hand of friendship because I received warmth in return.
As for the coming storm, I welcome the opportunity to slow down. It will be a time to just enjoy the myself and better understand the forces of nature. It reminds me of my vacation of slow living without the hectic pace of work interrupting my thoughts or attempts at healthy living. Now, I have already lost my probiotics and seem to be out of water. So it is with the trials and tribulations of trying to maintain balance in a world that runs rampant with negativity. I mentioned the forces of nature….
As I drove home last night from a rather productive meditation, the weather was horrible. The heavens opened and released water from damns that are unknown in this dimension. The electric show was also quite a production; it was worth money. I wasn’t threatened by all of this; however, that was prior to the sole lightning bolt that decided to strike the earth on the other side of the highway. No human should have to experience the proximity of such heat. The awesome power was a testiment to the fact that there is a superior officer in charge of us all. We are simply inhabitants of a place that we are borrowing. It was terrifying and beautiful all at once. I do not know if I would repeat the experience, but I welcome its lessons.
As I sit here typing away on a quiet Saturday night, I hope that people come together in a loving way this weekend. May of next year should have obstetricians running around like chickens without heads. Bond with each other. Share the warmth. Bask in the love. Nature is going to run her course whether or not we get all bent out of shape that it may rip off our roof. Be prepared to remain safe..but maybe, you could turn off the lights before the power goes out and enjoy that bottled water next to someone special.