I’ve witnessed moments of grace over the last few days. Here are three of them:
1. I went to a folk music concert at a couple’s home. My chair was four feet from the piano player and I was immersed in the sweetness of the tunes. And then the unexpected: A 40-ish fellow got up and approached a woman sitting on the couch. I’d guess she was in her 70’s. He extended his hand. She smiled and offered hers. She stood. And they danced to the music – a soft twirling motion accompanied by more smiles. It was lovely. The whole was truly greater than the sum of the parts. We the audience were quiet … and so very present to the sublimity, I believe.
2. I met a jolly gentleman, really a gentle giant. He asked me to look at his book. It was a little thing, with each page headed by a date of the year. It sounds like a diary, and I guess that was its original purpose, but my friend had turned it into a birthday book. He asked me to sign it, and give my phone number, on the appropriate page. I quite naturally chose January 9. Maybe twenty other human beings were listed there. Good for us.
The best part is that this fellow phones each of us and sings “Happy Birthday”. Thousands of folks are serenaded on their special day. Such a big wow. Such a gift.
3. I’ve been in Toronto the last couple of days. I usually park at the train station before heading downtown. This time there was a gate blocking the area of the lot where I park Scarlet. But there were still some public spaces on the far side. I went up to the train attendant to find out what was happening. The woman was behind her panel of glass but she also moved right into my heart. Her gaze into my eyes was constant and soft. She explained all the ins and outs of the changes and clarified when I got confused. But she could have been reciting names in the phone book for all I cared. I was bathed in her kindness. I was transfixed by her presence. I was thankful for her existence.
May I continue to attract such moments
May people continue to express their beauty
May I have eyes to see and ears to hear