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Skip to the good part

Recently, I went to a gathering where I knew no one. My connection was a friend of a friend of a friend. Even those connections being rather in the “new friend” department.

I wonder what compels me to say Yes to something like this? Yes, there were signs of it being a safe venture. My friends, being cool, grounded souls would likely attract the same. The hostess was so welcoming and optimistic. I could fool myself into the illusion that I was already friends with those at the gathering, although it seemed they all knew each other.

It was like driving to the store taking a different route, or like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. It brought my senses alive to do something completely out of my routine and circle of people I knew.

So I went. They were poets and artists and musicians. I really don’t know, I’m just guessing. All were drawn like moths to the flame of community, creativity and friendship. They were generous with their kind words and gestures of welcome. It was wonderful too, to be in a gathering where the usual questions of inquiry were brushed aside as unneeded and in their place the casual intimacy of skipping to the good part.

At the end of the evening the fresh bay breeze walked me out to my car. I felt light and renewed, inspired by the evening. I don’t know, really, why I said Yes, but just like the conversations at the gathering, I wonder if it even matters, as I just want to skip to the good part.

 

Note: This group of magic souls were brought together to celebrate the launch of the Type Rider II tandem bicycle tour raising money and awareness for Little Free Libraries. Gratitude to Sherry Richert Belul for making me feel so welcome.:)

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Sherry Richert Belul - September 9, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Oh, Laura Cottril! I just love this. What a beautiful reminder to step out of our comfort zones to connect with people/life in a new way. I’m so happy you stepped through that door. Happy to know you and to celebrate Type Rider 2 with you, too! :-)