Last night or this morning would be fair as I didn't get home 'til after this new day began, I had a very cool experience.
I got to enjoy a crisp, late summer evening, sitting in front of a fire for the better part of five hours with one special soul. A rare occurrence, probably for most of us.
It's ironic. After a week of teaching where the subject of connection popped up again and again who knew that I would be the embodiment of that talk via a backyard bonfire at weeks end? But I was. So here's a bit of what I wanted to share.
First of all, it's rare in this day and age to get someone's attention, for moments much less hours so to be with someone that long where the only "form of entertainment" was you and the person sitting alongside you, was refreshing.
Second, connecting with nature via the fire, the trees rustling wildly in the wind and a beautiful sunset, set the stage and strengthened our ability to connect with one another. A little red wine didn't hurt either...let's be honest. But I digress.
Conversation ebbed and flowed from the ridiculous to the real, again and again. And as much as that may have ebbed and flowed, one thing remained constant, the building of connection. The "I hear you, I see you and you matter" as Oprah Winfrey loves to say, was delightfully present as we too were, you guessed it, delightfully present.
In over five hours we agreed, we disagreed, we agreed to disagree and it was beautiful.
If you've not done this in a while or ever...enjoyed a chunk of time where the clock needn't be watched nor the phone incessantly checked to really be with, get to know, listen to and share 'til you see someone's soul a bit more, I highly recommend it.
“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.” ― Thomas Merton