so a couple of weeks ago I was in a Doctor’s office, one that was new to me. and the nurse or medical assistant came in, started asking me questions, and then stopped and looked at me as if waiting for me to answer. like, she actually looked at me as if she actually wanted to know.
it was weird. one of those rare moments when you realize that we don’t usually see people. when was the last time a medical assistant asked you the routine questions and then looked up from their clip board and really saw you?
I remember feeling SO caught off guard. and then having this immediate gut feeling that I wanted to connect with her again. (we had been enjoying other small talk as well, not just my intake answers). should I ask her to have coffee with me sometime? should I ask her for her email address?
and totally FREAK her out! am I right?
I almost didn’t care. all I could think of was wanting more people in my life that were this present. and then I thought of something I had heard recently while watching We Bought A Zoo…such a sweet, funny and heart-warming movie. Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) says in the movie:
You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.
could I do that? could I throw all social acceptance to the wayside and just ask this chick if I could get together with her sometime? it would only take 20 seconds…could it be that bad?
imagine how much fuller our lives might be, how many more people we might meet and connect with, how much more color and life and breath and bravery we could experience if we just took those 20 seconds when we felt so called…
lately I’ve felt particularly inspired to pursue and discover what it would look like to live a brave, courageous, truthful, connected and present life…
I think this could work, even if at first it’s only 20 seconds at a time…
here’s to living in the present and feeling more alive,