Talk about Noticing! Only my Wife can go to wash her car (the old fashioned way!) and have a deeply meaningful conversation with someone who until that moment was a total stranger. Here is her account of yesterday’s ‘chance’ encounter:
I frequently wonder about those daily encounters we have with people and how they might affect our lives in the future. It seems God is always at work, and it is what we do with what he puts in front of us that makes us who we are. There was a lady drying her Suburban as I pulled into the bay to dry the VW. I said “you’ve got that looking really good…I’ve had Suburbans and they are great vehicles”..here began a chance meeting, and then wondering where (if anywhere) it might lead. We were discussing the attributes of the Suburban (i.e. hauling various finds) when she explained that she uses her Suburban to haul furniture. She is an artist and through the downturn of the economy, she has had difficulty selling her canvas paintings. She explain though that she woke up at 3am one morning to realize that she could put her paintings on furniture. Meet Cindi. She shared with me that she had been a victim of domestic violence and how at 42 she is finally seeing that she is a person with talents and abilities. Having been married at 18 and her divorce sounding recent, her abusive relationship had left her with very little in the way of self esteem. Today, I found a woman excited about her life and where it was heading, and by sharing a little of her story she was more empowered and that empowerment is contagious. She also shared that she was learning as she meets people and tell them what she’s doing, wonderful things happen; like the lady she met at the laundromat who is giving her some furniture to paint. As she drove off, she waved out her window and wished me well, I did likewise. People touch our lives, and we touch there’s and sometimes we never realize it. I had asked for a card and she gave me two. Her furniture business is call New Life Furniture Art. Hmmm. New Life multiple meanings. Nice to meet you Cindi. Hope our paths cross again.
Thank you, Cathy. After 32 years, you continue to amaze and inspire me!