After realizing that I was running around my circle of neighbors and friends, proverbially knocking on their doors looking for “my mother“, I really wondered how the Father was going to bring about the relationships that we are seeking in our area. If I’m not acting like a chicken with its head cut off then how is anything going to get done?
This week, by chance, I was able to get in to see my hair dresser who is one of my very dear friends. It’s really hard to get an appointment with her without a few months notice, and I had previously rescheduled an appointment and then remembered a wedding we were participating in and thought maybe the bride would like it if my roots weren’t longer than my highlights. So I sent my friend a text and miraculously, she had a cancellation the next day! Score! Not only did I get my hair done, but I got to spend time with my sweet friend, on a day when she just happened to need a friendly face. I love that.
On my way home, I needed to grab some lunch and I was thinking about a certain sub-sandwich store when I saw a place that another dear neighbor friend of mine took me to once and I thought, I might as well stop by there and support some local business! I paid for my bagel sandwich and looked up to see . . . my dear neighbor friend! So I sat down and talked with her until we both had to leave.
Next up that day my youngest son had a play date with one of his best buddies, and I got to hang out with another mom-friend from the neighborhood.
I came home that day and thought to myself, “Well all I did today was exactly what I needed to do, and somehow friends and family just inched their way into my day without any extra effort on my part.
The next day, yet another (yes, my dear friends circle is growing!) friend came over to borrow my dryer and we got to hang out casually and chat it up.
Now I can’t help but wonder what I was thinking, striving so hard to find friends and family. They’re just right there. It’s really not as difficult as we make it out to be.
A simple, yet monumental lesson for me. All I have to do is be.
What are you striving for this week? What do you think would happen if you let it go and just existed for a time?