This evening I had an appointment; and is my custom, I arrived to the office about 10 minutes early. As I sat in the waiting room, I decided to flip through one of the magazines lying on an end table. Best Place To Vacation… Good Food Fast… Get Organized Now… Beauty Product Must-Haves… all blah. Uninteresting to me. Whatever.
As I was about to set the magazine back on the table and spend my remaining seven minutes doing breath meditation (yes, this is how I often spend the time when I’m waiting for an appointment [or waiting in a line, or waiting at a stoplight, etc.]), my hand got caught on the back cover; and as I worked to close the magazine without ripping any of the pages, my eyes fell to this section of text:
It reads: “The poet Galway Kinnell wrote that ‘sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness.’ Everything we do, I tell my students, is to reteach ourselves our loveliness.”
This “coincidental” encounter, these words, this sentiment, they all brought a warmth and a tenderness to my heart; and for a moment, I did experience my own loveliness.
It was a perfect way to enter my appointment.