Submitted by Delaine
Shannon’s day had been typical and ordinary; she’d had no ‘signs’ or reasons to think it might be anything but.
At 5 o’clock, having finishing her nursing shift at the hospital, she decided to stop in at a trendy bistro for a drink; having a drink alone was no big deal to her whatsoever. She stomped out her cigarette just as she reached the entrance doors and headed inside with nothing but a cold margarita on her mind.
Movement to her left caught her eye – she glanced back over her shoulder. And there, in the corner, with his chair backed against the wall was a man – a long-legged man wearing glasses and smile. Had he just gestured her over? she wondered. Or had she imagined it?
Too late. She’d already started walking over to him. “Were you just smoking?” he asked. Nice opening question. Nice deep voice too…
“Yes I was,” she said.
“Ah….that’s too bad.”
“Haha. Actually, me and my boyfriend are both planning to quit next week,” she replied.
“Ah. That’s too bad too – the boyfriend part I mean,” he grinned. He waved his hand to the open chair in front of him. “Well then – she who has a boyfriend and will only smoke for one more week, would you care to join me for a drink?”
And with the wave of his hand, so Shannon’s life was swept onto a new page as well. That casual drink two months ago was followed by many more drinks, dinners and dates…. A long story short – Shannon broke up with her boyfriend within a week and she and this guy have been together ever since. She is happier and more at peace with hersself than I’ve ever seen her her whole life; she knows she has met The One.
So… what’s the point in my sharing this story with YOU? Perhaps you’re thinking, “Good for her Delaine, but I don’t even know this person…”
I’m sharing it for a few different reasons:
1) The story is simple.
2) It’s powerful (seems Divinely orchestrated to me!)
3) And it can make us feel good.
And when it comes to divorce – no matter WHAT stage we’re at – we ALL sometimes need to hear some ‘good news’; you know, a ‘happy story’ where everything works out. We ALL sometimes need a little hope, a little lightness, and a little faith in both the universe and our futures.
Me, personally, I am savoring my friend’s story as if it were my own. Her story reminded me that there is a time and season for everything, including discovering new love; that when two people fall in love it can happen EASILY and with a sense of CONFIDENCE; and that in the blink of an eye, on any given day, our lives can majorly change – not just in a downward motion like we all know because of divorce…but upwards, and for the better.
I know that day is coming for me too. I may not be out there looking hard for love…but I know it’s out there looking for me.
That Blissful Moment Of Physical Merging