This morning I met up with a former-colleague-now-friend at a nearby coffee shop to chat and catch up. We try to get together once every few months, just to share news of families/jobs/hobbies/travels/etc.; to try and stay informed of one another’s lives. Because we meet up semi-infrequently, I am astounded at how absolutely effortlessly our conversations move. We spent nearly 40 minutes together today, and it felt like a mere 10. We talked about a variety of random topics, and yet they all flowed so freely, so organically, so naturally – all of the subjects gently swayed and gracefully floated with one another, as if engaged in a light waltz… I felt completely open and wholly unreserved; I was fully my authentic self. I felt energized, excited, and enlivened by the presence of my friend – and I loved the person that I was in her presence. Her delightful, honest, and playful-yet-real spirit brought out those same qualities in me; and my mind relished our conversation, while my heart reveled in the joyful feelings around and between us. It’s difficult for me to clearly articulate, but there is just something – some essence, some beautiful combination of qualities, some wonderful coalescing of factors – that a few people in my life have that causes me to connect with them incredibly deeply, profoundly, and yet playfully; and to access the very core of who I am.
It’s amazing when I am treated to time with these people, and get to enjoy these experiences. And such was the case today. My enjoyable morning beverage tasted even better in the presence and company of my special friend.