I suppose I used to be like this, to some degree. The older I become though, the more I realize the value in opening up to the past to see what could transpire for the future.
I recently had the opportunity to attend an informal women's luncheon, a gathering of eight former classmates, which was advertised on Facebook for anyone still living in the area. I jumped at the chance, not only because I enjoy continued friendship with a few of my classmates, but also because I know it's good for me to invest in myself; to get away from household obligations and dozens of other reasons that keep me from investing in relationships.
At some point in my adult life, I must have chosen to open my mind and more importantly, my heart, to a review of what I'd thought to be the reality of those years gone by. I was never one of those kids with throngs of friends, one of those chosen eagerly for teams and group activities. I know now that that was really of my own doing, for I was quite shy and often chose to take a back seat whenever possible. I don't know if others saw me this way, but I'd always believed myself to be a shy, loner type.
Age and maturity afforded me the grace to overcome such shyness, and it was, and is, a truly freeing experience. Shyness is a form of suffering, really (and we all suffer from something, in one form or fashion).
But I digress -- the point here is that once I'd made up my mind to stop thinking about myself, and to instead focus my attention and curiosity on what makes so-and-so tick, who they are, discovering their special joys or disappointments - then I came to see how joyful it is to know so many that I might have otherwise easily dismissed, never to mix with again.
Everyone is so beautifully different and yet so wonderfully the same!
The best part of all this - that they too seem to have grown into maturity (go figure!) That they too are willing to listen, to hear, to share a smile, an encouragement, and to celebrate our lives together with all their twists and turns.
Each of the ladies I've become reacquainted with is so wonderfully made. Such beautiful souls. I treasure knowing all of you and I look forward to moving into our latter years knowing that our shared experiences, past and present, are a bond we'll always have. A springboard for further exploration of who we are as individuals, as the glorious women that we've become.
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