This morning, before I even had coffee, I sat through two meetings that I think I meant to cancel, but didn’t remember to until I was already seated around a conference table.
You know that feeling when you wake up from a stressful dream and you realize, whew, thank God, that’s over? This was basically the opposite.
I was buzzing along shepherding Harry through the typical Monday morning clothes wearing, teeth brushing, stuff finding, cubby dispensing, kissy hugging, getting ready and dropping off routine. And then I moved ahead on autopilot into whatever it was that I committed myself to the week before. Which always seems like a good idea at the time. But is never a good idea when it comes to Monday morning.
So without putting on makeup or pouring a cup of anything, I found myself sitting around a table where seven sets of eyes looked at me as someone asked something in my direction that sounded like, “So, what do you have to report on that?” It was only about 45 seconds before the question was posed that I remembered, ‘Oh yeah, I was going to cancel this so I could watch Jenny get painted.’Just another morning in my current life.
A life that is very different from the one that I led not all that long ago.
Of course now it makes perfect sense to skip a meeting to go watch my friend paint the last paragraph of her novel on another friend while a third friend photographs it all. My life. My friends. My heavens, I’m blessed.
So as soon as I could, I retreated to the fancy backyard to watch it all finish up.
Afterwards, we went into Katherine’s mom’s kitchen, and I poured my first cup of coffee while the three of them looked through what turned out to be almost a still movie reel of colorful shots (You can see Karen’s whole beautiful set here).
Right after that Jenny read us a chapter of the novel she’s working on (Holy crap, is it amazing. I really can’t wait for it you to read it.)
Then Katherine and Karen talked about their latest adventures. And, as is becoming the norm, I sat there in awe and in celebration with my friends. Wide awake and aware of all the accomplishments, capacities and grace around the table.