8 HUGS, 2 children, 5 adults (1 husband, 3 church friends, 1 neighborhood friend)
This morning started
at an ungodly hour a little earlier than I expected. I found myself falling into my old patterns of expecting the worst. Ugh, I am going to be tired all day, I will probably be cranky, I am not going to be productive…. Then, this happened:
To top it off, I reentered my house after taking some pictures to the smell of freshly brewed coffee compliments of my hubby. Perhaps waking up early isn’t so bad. Perhaps I can challenge my old patterns and ensure that the day remains magical.
At church today, a new friend that I have been getting to know a little more and more each week was there. We actually hugged twice. The first hug was a greeting hug that I actually felt was mutual. I don’t feel that either one of us initiated the hug, it was just a natural reaction to seeing each other. What a great feeling. Later, when we were both leaving I questioned whether I would be pushing the issue to attempt another hug. (Pretty sure I frightened away a potential new friend this way a few weeks ago. I haven’t heard from her since.) Well, I didn’t need to worry about it. She initiated the goodbye hug. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible this made me feel. After over 100 days of primarily initiating hugs with those that I don’t know well yet, I had a glimpse of what I am offering to others. I was elated, moved, and she made me feel incredibly special. Perhaps I was moved more than most just because of this journey I am on, but even if it is a magnified version of the feelings I can give to others, wow. I can’t say it enough, I feel blessed that I can be the facilitator of this journey. Magical day indeed.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.