My life is filled with an abundance of treasures: my sweetheart, children, grandchildren, extended family, memories, gifts (spiritual and physical), friends, associates, church, my canine friends, and lessons learned.
Recently, a new treasure came into my life that pushed the whole notion of relationship to a new dimension. I never knew you could immediately fall in love with someone. And no, I’m not talking about a new love interest, but falling in love with the spirit within someone, feeling you’ve known that person for an eternity−not understanding why, but completely thrilled to have been blessed with this newfound friend.
|My friend, Varonda|
Most of us look to our family and friends to love us. So this new experience caused me to ask myself, “How far-reaching is love?” Love is immeasurable, especially with God in control. Still, I don’t usually open myself up to new acquaintances. I’m the one at the back of the room, observing, sizing people up, and deciding who I want to approach. Then all of that changed. I’m in a meeting room area and turn to see this woman who I had just met. Immediately I realize I want to know her and be close to her. As stupid as this may sound, I knew I would love her. No, I’m not off my rocker!
So over the last few months we have become even closer; sharing our lives, which are amazingly similar despite a 25-year gap, and giving one another different perspectives on how to embrace the unpredictable. I thought I had a firm anchor set on how to define who I loved. But I realized I don’t need an anchor to set relationships at all. Maybe I need an open heart and fresh eyes to see past all the preconceived notions I have about people and stand expectant that everyone I meet might be a new best friend to add to my bountiful treasures.
Have you ever met someone you instantly knew would change your life?