And so today’s moment of happiness despite the news.
I’ve been sitting here for a while, trying to think of a moment to write about. Part of me considered waiting and putting this up later than usual, just in case a moment was still going to occur. But that seems silly to me. That would be like going out into the parking lot, flinging my arms wide and yelling at the sun (although it’s a sunless day), “Hey! Hit me with some happiness please! I have to write about it!”
Today was busy. I taught an avid, focused, hungry group of people. Extra chairs had to be brought in and lined the periphery so that everyone could attend. Some hung around outside the door. We had fabulous discussions and deep laughs and moments of insight so bright, I had to blink. Afterward, one woman came up to me, took my card, and said, “I learned more from you than I have in any of the other sessions.” Another woman found me later, in a different location, and she said, “You told me exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you.” I ran out of business cards. I almost ran out of books.
Oh, what that second woman said. She didn’t say, “You told me what I wanted to hear.” She said, “You told me what I needed to hear.” That’s my goal, when I teach. If I wasn’t glowing, I’d be amazed.
There was literariness everywhere. People talking books, people talking writing, people being intense, people smiling, people drinking coffee, coffee, coffee. Arguing, laughing, whispering, dancing their hands when their words couldn’t keep up. And one person, of course, who started our conversation by telling me she doesn’t write, but she “works with the extra-terrestrials.”
My kind of world.
Afterward, Michael and I went off-site for a while, for a very quiet late lunch at Perkins. And then, of course, we passed a Goodwill and had to stop in. Oh, do I have some nice things in my trunk… After coming back to the hotel, I meditated and Michael fell asleep. He’s snoring right now, filling this room with the sound of familiarity and home. And I’m sitting here, pondering how to choose one moment of happiness.
How can I pick one moment? There wasn’t one moment. It was a DAY.
It happens sometimes.
And yes, that helps. Despite. Anyway.