It has been way too many weeks since I’ve made time to spend a few hours at my coffee shop and to share a blog post.
Today has not disappointed.
I brought my new book “Lean In”, bought myself a muffin and coffee and found my favourite chair in the back of the shop.
I was quietly reading, when a woman appeared out of nowhere. She stopped in front of me and looked down at my feet and declared, “I really like your shoes. Are they made of plastic or something?”
Not letting me answer, she continued, “I have never seen shoes like that before. They must have cost a bundle.”
I wasn’t sure if she wanted an answer or just wanted to tell me what was running through her mind so I smiled at her.
Turns out she just wanted me to listen as she sat down in the chair beside me and continued on a new train of thought.
Advice, and maybe advice I simply needed to hear from a complete stranger, “You have to listen to your heart. No matter what your mind is thinking, your mind and heart are intertwined,” and she demonstrated with her ring covered fingers.
She wasn’t done, “I like this place, it’s like coming home. You can put your feet up and just relax. Talk to people or just be by yourself.”
She liked talking to people, this was obvious as she sat there sharing thoughts and snippets of her life with me. It was a mostly one-sided conversation and I can count the words I said on my left hand.
She decidedly informed me, “You have a beautiful spirit and a wonderful heart and a beautiful smile, I bet you have a lot of close friends and a really good job”
Then distracted, she looked over at my phone that was blinking, “You should really get your phone, I bet someone is trying to get a hold of you.”
I nodded at her but she wasn’t satisfied until I reached for my phone. She stood up, smiled and said “You have a great afternoon.”
She disappeared as quickly as she’d appeared taking her many rings with her.