LIFE

How I survived after the dreaded class reunion

Well, I’ve survived the “dreaded class reunion”.

Actually, I didn’t just survive.

I relished every moment of it. 

I couldn’t be happier we decided to attend. (BTY, be sure to check in later this week for a post called…. “more acting as if” for more about that whole subject and how it worked for me that night.)

What a fun and revealing night.

Fun because I met some old friends of my husband’s that I had not met before knew. We have already made plans to connect with one couple again.

The husband of one couple was someone I had known as well. He was part of our “brat pack” during our college years. He was an artist when I knew him and has continued all these years. We really connected as art is one of my passions. I dabble in all forms except sculpture. Here’s some of my own original pieces.

original art

original art/collage, acrylics (reproduction expressively forbidden without permission)

 

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watercolor ((reproduction expressively forbidden without permission)

 

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watercolor (reproduction expressively forbidden without permission) (The blog address is an older one of mine.)

 

collage

collage/acrylics (reproduction expressively forbidden without permission) (The blog address is an older one of mine.)

 

original art

water color (reproduction expressively forbidden without permission) (The blog address is an older one of mine.)

Fun because I watched my husband turn into a social butterfly. It was great watching him search out former classmates. Can I just say here that the teen-age years were not good for either one of us so it was wonderful seeing him reconnect with the good parts, his former friends.

Fun because I got to dance-not as much as I would’ve wanted because after four foot surgeries, I have to be careful how much abuse I subject them to. I love to dance especially since I figured out as a Christian, it wasn’t a big deal. That’s a “whole ‘nother story”.

Fun because I got to meet some new people. I want to share with you what one particular man said to me.

I learned that he and his wife owned some companies that specialize in anything related to computers.  Having learned this encouraged me to tell him I had just started a blog, that my learning curve is very steep and that each week I’ve learned a new skill I’m able to implement. He was a quiet man but apparently he was listening.

I won’t quote him exactly because I didn’t write it down but my husband and I discussed it and think we’ve pretty much remembered it.

Here’s what Michael said.“There are people with a lot of knowledge on their shelves (his hands extended far apart at this point) but they don’t do anything with it. Then there are people with very little knowledge on their shelves (hands narrowing to about two or three inches) but they use it all.” (My personal shelves are of the “the hands close together” when it comes to my blog.)

What he said I’ve heard countless ways. My husband has said it to me in countless ways. It was the visual way this stranger presented it that got my attention.

helping each other

helping each other

You see, I have hundreds of books. Books are evident in almost every room in our home. I love that. It’s the one exception to my normal expectations of having the house needing to look perfect. But I’ll never look at my bulging bookcases the same way again. All my books, all my reading, what have I done with it? Am I using it all?

I think with this blog, I will be.

I personally believe God speaks to us all the time, generally through people, often strangers. There are certain statements I hear and toss out almost immediately because while they’re inspiring, I feel I’ve already nailed that particular concept.

There are others I hear and give a little more thought. More impactful ones I carry out as needed and eventually I don’t need to remember them anymore.  They’ve become ingrained.

Then there are those I hear that I know I will never forget, that I’ll remind myself of often because they’ve hit at the core of who l am and they are right what I need in the present moment. That what Mike’s statement did for me. I will quote him often.

Our family and close friends inspire us all the time but when it comes from a stranger, out of the blue, and hits us where we live, we take special notice. It doesn’t happen very often because those closest to us will always impact us the most. But sometimes I feel that God puts someone like this in my life because I haven’t been listening to those closest to me, or God himself for that matter.

How about you? Has someone, especially someone you don’t know, said something to you that has impacted you greatly? Even changed your life?

A better question might be, “Have I said something to someone else that has affected them greatly? Even changed their life?

smiling at strangers

smiling at strangers

If I haven’t, why haven’t I? I want to remember this experience so that I, too, can be sure to be an “encourager” to others.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

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