Sometimes tiny connections with people boost my whole day.
Last week a lovely lady hand delivered me a little Welcome.To.The.Neighbourhood package. Filled with lemons and herbs from her garden.
Later that day My Littlest One and I walked to the park to see the ducks and we met a grandfather with his six month old grandson. This is Rex [he said proudly]. And then added: I have the incredible privilege to spend every Thursday morning with him [oh!]
And on the way home we met a lady taking photos of the landscape. She told me that she lectures on the ways our shifting engagement with our surroundings impacts our experience of self.
So many beautiful people. My heart so happy.
A lovely lady came to my place, to quote on blinds. She was terrific and a couple of times made reference to plants in the garden. I asked her if she was a big.garden.person.
Well, she said [conspiratorially]. Yes!
And then she told me about her amazing love for plants and gardens, for texture and colour and balance. She told me she has a small [and thriving] business designing beautiful outdoor spaces for other people. But [she qualified], it’s just something I do on the side.
The whole time she had been speaking about this business and her love for plants, she was completely lit up. Enormously energised and inspiring.
I am always curious about pursuits that lovely folk reveal quietly, as ‘just something on the side’. I reckon that’s where the real magic often lies.
I often seem to end up talking to folk about the jobs they do and the jobs they’d love to be doing. I don’t engineer the conversations or anything, it just works out that way. [And it tends to remind me that I’m in the right job, myself].
Last week I had two conversations within hours of each other. Super similar but starkly different.
The first was with a nurse, who told me that her dream was to work at the Children’s Hospital. Cool! [I said]. You should do it. I can’t [she replied]. I’m too old.
The next conversation was with a carpenter who was probably around the same age. I really want to move to Magnetic Island [he told me]. I’m also a cook [he continued] and I want to set up a curry truck. Cool! [I said]. You should do it. I am! [He replied]. I went up there last week and found a great house and met an old friend who wants in too. It’s all coming together.
I found myself thinking about where each of them would be in five years time.