Occasionally on my morning walks I run into my friend M. We tend meet at the same place every time, at the top of a very long hill, finishing up our “work out” routines. I’ve walked; she’s run. I’m about to go down; she’s made her way up.
Usually, I’ve just come out of the canyon wearing my Ugg boots and beanie with an empty coffee cup in my hand. My heart rate probably hasn’t surpassed 90 bpm. In contrast, she’s just run several miles up and down the hills of our neighborhood and stands there – a 6 foot tall, glistening, blonde goddess.
It’s lovely to see her, to give good mornings smiles and high fives, but sometimes, I sigh as I continue to walk down the hill. She’s just so beautiful, and fast, and disciplined, with her boys and her husband, her job, her schooling, and her fitness. Whew! I know she would never want me to feel that way, but sometimes, I just can’t help it.
But most of the time, I know this is true: if I didn’t go slow. I wouldn’t see this.
And if I didn’t see those things, I wouldn’t be be able to share them with M on Facebook, or a text message, or on my blog.
And if I didn’t tell M about them, she might not see those things.
And if she didn’t see those things, she wouldn’t be able to say nice things like this.
“Wow Ali you are awesome!!! Thanks for the reminder. I don’t think I tell you enough what a blessing it has been to read your blogs.”
“I love your writing. I hope your book will get written soon. I’ll be first in line to buy it:)”
And if she didn’t say things like that, then I might not see things like this:
It’s okay to go slow.
To find Presence takes a certain kind of discipline as well.
That in our weakness, others find strength.
Everyone has their own path and their own gift, their own way of finding meaning in their lives. And the best we can do is share those gifts with one another and say thank you when they are shared.
Thank you, M, for making my day.
For some reason, this was my theme song as I walked in the canyon today.