I had a beautiful experience today.
It illustrates this abundance concept.
It happened at my local coffee shop.
One I’ve taken to frequenting recently.
The “problem” with this coffee shop is the dearth of plush comfy chairs to lounge in. I so miss my Starbucks on Robson that had a lot of these type of chairs before the covid “purge.”
In my current coffee shop?
There are only two such chairs at one table.
Because of this limitation?
I’ve recently developed myself a strategy.
If I enter the coffee shop and see a single person sitting in one of these chairs, I always approach and ask them a question. “Would you mind if I sat in the other chair, and shared that side of the table?”
Up until today?
Everybody has been more than willing.
But the cute Asian girl I asked a few hours ago?
She looked at me like I was asking if I could kill her.
When I saw her response I figured I better cushion the blow, and give her the out she seemed to be wanting. “If you’re uncomfortable I don’t need to,” I said. But by then she’d adjusted, and she gave me her permission.
Because things went so poorly at first?
I tried to keep from making eye contact.
As I sought to make myself “nonexistent?”
She continued to busy herself on her laptop.
We continued this way for quite some time, both of us effectively ignoring each other. But then she packed her laptop away and instead of leaving, began reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
Since I’d read that one a long time ago?
I decided to risk crossing our DMZ to her.
I asked her, “Are you enjoying reading Tolle?”
She pulled her ear bud out, and I repeated my question.
She said she’d heard it is popular, and I said I’d read it a long time ago and really enjoyed it. Then I told her, “Well enjoy your book.” and went back to reading Jean Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness on my phone also.
But then as I got up and prepared to go?
She smiled and wished me a good day then.
As I walked away I found myself loving her just a little bit.
Enjoying this little moment of love abundance.
How about you? Do you have the capacity to see and experience love in such a little encounter, and can you take it with you into the future as part of a love life that’s abundant?
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