Early this morning, I decided to go for a walk and a meditation on the beach. It was cold and crisp. Few people were out. I sat at a lifeguard hut and watched the fierce waves leftover from the storm. I have a lot on my mind right now, so I took some deep breaths and settled my innards, waiting for some clarity, some inspiration, some balance.
When I felt like I had regained my spiritual equilibrium, I began walking back home. In the distance, I glanced at a woman standing on the jetty. I noticed she has a good figure and an energetic way of moving, even from 800 ft. Still wrapped up in the insights I gained in the meditation, I took a shortcut and stepped onto the jetty perhaps 30 ft from the woman. She called my name!
It turned out to be one of my girlfriends, one of my teammates from my rowing club. We hugged, laughed and chatted for a while. She’s gone through an amazingly difficult stretch in her life and is coming through it with marvelous strength and positive energy. As women do, we talked about the things we are dealing with in life right now: men, money, kids, work, life.
When we parted ways and I continued my walk home, I suddenly realized: I’d just gotten exactly what I’d wished for – clarity, inspiration and a sense of balance.
“Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” –C.S. Lewis
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