Last Friday when I posted the blog on “Life Lessons,” I actually had a great experience that reinforced another Life Lesson, too. It has a Christmas theme about it, so I share it today as a positive Holiday message.
I was feeling a bit down that Friday morning. Mainly I was feeling very alone. En route to my regular weekly writing session at a cafe in Castle Rock, Colorado, I stopped along the way at a Village Inn restaurant for a breakfast I could eat with my low carb diet.
Writing can make me feel lonely some times. It is a paradox that an activity someone uses to communicate with a wide range of people is accomplished by practical necessity in relative isolation. Even when you work with a writing partner or share a writing session with a friend working on their own project as I occasionally do, the self-discipline of writing requires the sort of mental focus and concentration that to some extent excludes the world around you. That’s why I choose to write in a public space when I can; at least there are others in the background environment while I immerse in the ideational process.
So, that Friday morning en route to a solo writing session, I had a fine breakfast and prepared to move on up the road. I asked the waitress for the bill. She smiled and said mysteriously:
“You can forget about it. Someone has already taken care of it.”
I was dumbfounded. What did she mean?
“Somebody paid for your meal. He didn’t want me to say who he was.”
Oh, my! I asked if I could at least leave a tip but she waved it off, saying he had covered that quite well too.
“Did he have a white beard, with a jolly big belly and a red and white suit?” I joked.
“He did have a beard,” the waitress replied.
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I left the restaurant feeling thankful for this unexpected gift. It was more than a free meal in mid-December. It was a reminder from Spirit, I do believe, that I am/we are never truly alone.