Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One day last summer . . .

by Kim

One day last summer, at a sunrise . . . 

This I believe . . . there are no coincidences in life.

Things happen for a reason.

I hadn't been to the sunrise in months, and had a really bad nights sleep, but for some reason I felt the need to go on this morning. And this woman doing Tai Chi, she usually goes to the park, but said she felt the need to be by the water.

As I walked by to leave, I wondered to myself if she would mind that I took her picture, and at the same time she turned to ask if I could take hers with her phone. And after talking for a few minutes I offered to snap some shots and send them to her, and she offered for me to join her in the class she teaches for free.

She practices slow movement to revert the core to stillness, to collect energy from our surroundings. Yes!

Two strangers brought together on a not so random morning to help each other . . . and when we said goodbye she grabbed both of my hands into hers and there was just this incredible connection.

Never underestimate and be open to your encounters with others, with strangers. That was my reminder one morning last summer, at a sunrise. 

"Meeting a stranger can be totally fleeting and meaningless, for example,
unless you enter the individual's world by finding out at least one thing
that is meanfingful to his or her life and exchange at least one genuine
feeling. Tuning in to others is a circular flow: you send yourself out
toward people; you receive them as they respond to you."

 - Deepak Chopra


Dotti said...

Beautiful woman, beautiful photo, beautiful quote. Now ... let's all go out and make this a beautiful day!

Thank you, Kim!

heyjudephotography said...

What a wonderful story Kim. I too believe there are no coincidences in life. Im sure she feels just as lucky to have encountered you that day too.

terriporter said...

Oh, what a wonderful story and post! It is going to stay with me all day, I'm sure. Knowing you, I can totally see why she would trust you, a total stranger, to take her picture. No coincidences. This was meant to happen.

Cathy said...

Kim, this is such a wonderful post. Sometimes we get is such a hurry and forget to connect with those around us. What a beautiful story.

CarolHart said...

How wonderful that you were open to the experience. There was a reason for the two of you to cross paths.

Carol said...

I am a big believer. I also see it in my work. Sometimes, counseling about hearing - such a private thing - I find a very real connection with a patient. It doesn't necessarily become a friendship - but it is definitely a connection - a person with a thought or a story that I needed to hear that day. In this world of so much living on line - remain open always to personal connection - I believe it truly feeds our souls.

Janet Bocciardi said...

For those that aren't aware or close themselves off before the possibilities have no idea what they're missing. Beautiful.

Sherri B. said...

I have goosebumps...what a beautiful moment that was simply meant to be. Thank you for sharing this, Kim!

Sarah Huizenga said...

I totally agree and everything happens for a reason.

kelly said...

what a lovely story kim...and you captured her zen so beautifully.

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