Last week, I ran into my daughter while taking care of an unavoidable errand. It wasn't planned and both of us were surprised and happy to see each other!
Over the holidays, we were fortunate to have been able to spend a number of wonderful days together. Most often, we are rushed, each busy with our respective careers. In January, so far, we hadn't had the opportunity to do more than share a bit of texting and a couple of emails.
I had just finished my errand when we met and was rushing back home to meet a writing deadline. She was on her way to work, so we had only twenty minutes or so to touch bases, but boy, did those twenty minutes brighten my day!
That small moment in time was a gift.
I had a lovely phone conversation with a friend yesterday who told a similar story. The day before, Saturday, she and her grown daughter, who is in her final year in university, were supposed to get all kinds of things done, including plenty of tasks around the house.
Instead, they ended up sitting and talking all day long…for hours. My friend said it was one of the best days she has had in a long time. Her daughter is, understandably, busy at school and my friend is very stressed at work. In the end, she didn't care about the things they were supposed to have been done...the house that didn't get cleaned or the dinner that didn't get made, because she'd had this wonderful, peaceful, calm day with someone near and dear to her. They ordered pizza for dinner and no one complained.
I love these stolen moments, when priorities shift, or the most important things in life are recognized, no matter how briefly.
What was the last time you experienced a moment of unexpected grace, or received a pleasant surprise, or ran into a friend you haven't seen in ages?