May 11, 2009

Day 7 New Friend- Ho Hum

I don’t know if it was the rainy day, the fact that I am a little under the weather (still), or settling into the comfort of my own domain, but I just couldn’t manage a deep and meaningful conversation with a stranger today. If I would have gone out of my way to solicit one I could likely have, but that is not really want I am going for with this commitment. I want it to happen naturally, to be in the flow of things. The closest I came was a conversation with a womyn who approached me in town asking if I was hooked into the internet. I told her all the places where she could get connected, told her which ones had the strongest connection, which places were relaxed and didn’t bother you if you stayed a while. When she left I realized I had forgotten the best place of all, the local Library! Our family goes on a road trip every year, and libraries are always a God send. Internet cafe’s are wonderful, but having to buy coffee every time I want to do email (my main method of communication) is hard on my wallet and worse on my adrenals! I walked (well ran through a deluge actually) over to the library this afternoon and found the womyn I had NEARLY had a conversation with earlier. She had made her way despite my oversight. Before I left I placed 12 days journal #28 on one of the tables in the internet section of the library. In the interest of manifesting a great stranger story for tomorrow I wrote the question “Do you remember a time when a meeting with a stranger changed your life forever?” inside the front cover. I suppose not everyday can be filled with WW2 veterans and new age lawyers from Sebastapol!

“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.”
- Fydor Dostoevsky

1 comment:

  1. Huh. That's a tough one. I'm not sure that I've ever had that experience. I could say my first kirtan was like that, with Dave Stringer, but (a) I didn't technically "meet" him, and (b) I actually felt like I already "knew" him so I don't think of him as a stranger even though I never met him. How's that for complicated what ought to be a simple matter? LOL.