Everything happens for a reason. You know it’s true. I had the most amazing encounter today with an extraordinary woman. At this very moment, I still have a smile on my face from our meeting this morning.
For those of you who have been following me since March, you know that I’m not afraid to put myself out there, in writing any way. Doing so in person can prove to be a little bit more difficult especially to a complete stranger. Today was different. The minute I met Jessica, I felt an instant connection; I felt comfortable. And it warmed me inside and out. She owns mindful yoga here in Charleston and beginning Monday is holding a self awareness course. Over the course of 7 weeks you learn to embrace yourself as you are. A few months ago, one mention of this and I would have immediately stuck my nose up at it insisting that I know me. But that is not the case, and I know this now. Actually, I have a lot to learn about myself and I am ready and willing.
We all go through life meeting new people and forming new relationships. Some of those become concrete friendships and we continue to remain in touch with those people for a long time. Others, not so much. Personally, I have always had trouble with meeting new people. For those of you that do know me well you’re probably thinking to yourself “this girl is nuts.” But let me be honest for a second. When I meet someone for the first time I immediately expect them to judge me for what I look like not who I am. On more than one occasion I have been hurt by people who I considered to be my friend. So by being overly bubbly and outgoing I make myself forget about those negative thoughts that I assume people have about me. It’s tiring. Very, very tiring.
Today, I had no problem telling Jessica that, right off. That’s how truly comfortable I felt in her presence. You know what her response was? And I quote, “There is nothing that you could ever do or say that would ever scare me away.” Wow. My first reaction was to just start crying. Nothing so brutally honest had ever seemed so beautiful to me. At that moment I was committed to that course, and I can’t wait to see the transformation I make at the end of the 7 weeks.
People are just amazing. To think that I made the choice meet and talk with Jessica and now my choice has given me a new person in my life that I am truly thankful for. Wonderfully amazing.
Get out there and ‘be that change that you want to see in our world.’
Love and smiles abound.