I went to a local coffee house today at lunch. I thought a quick, brisk walk would be just what I needed. Grab a coffee and go back to work.
I ordered a coffee and at the last minute grabbed a bag of Sun Chips and decided to sit down instead of just walking back to work and taking advantage of a different environment.
I’m glad I did.
There was a group of special needs adults at a table. I sat far enough away that I wasn’t intruding on them, but close enough I could absorb some of the joy I heard from them. Pleasant talk. Happy talk. I just wanted to kind of exist in the moment of no pressure, no decisions, no anything.
During the 12 or so minutes I sat there three different women came up and asked me my name.
One asked me if I had sweaters to give away. I said I didn’t but asked if she needed one. She said no and laughed with me.
One told me she was going to start a program that she hoped would get her a job, as a cook.
One just wanted to meet me. For no reason it seemed, just wanted to come over and say hi.
I’m sure I could come up with something about this little interlude to my work day. Something to reflect on. Something to learn from.
But I think I will just let it sit in my thoughts as a wonderful interaction between me and other human beings.
Because it just feels good to remember it.