On my early morning run it was dark, the lights in Oakland and across the San Francisco Bay were twinkling, the light was gradually changing to dawn’s early light.
An unusually large full moon reflecting on the San Francisco Bay created magic. A woman walking her dog was standing at the top of the hill, looking with wonder at the moon.
I stopped and stood next to her and looked up and out across the Bay.
I said, “It’s an incredible time of day.” She said she thought so too.
Then I told her what the return to light means to me.
She said, “It’s my favorite time of day.”
Then a moment of thoughtful silence.
She said, “I like to get completely away from people. This is the only time I can do that. I’m tugged and pulled in so many different directions, there’s so much noise in the world and much of it isn’t happy.”
I said, “I totally know what you mean” and we talked about how beautiful it is to get back to the serenity of your own universe, to what’s true, important and beautiful, the beautiful universe where we are nourished by our hopes and dreams, where we can create a new reality.
The mood of the conversation was of complete beauty and serenity. Complete understanding.
At the end of this very brief conversation she looked a little blown away, she looked happy, radiant.
I said, “I hope the rest of your day is as beautiful as it is right now.”
She thanked me profusely, like I had given her something grand. She also looked and sounded totally surprised. It made me so happy.
As I continued my run I was pondering, puzzled, but why was she so surprised?
Possibly we don’t very often encounter real substance in our interactions?
We are all capable of great substance. Of conversations that means something. I do believe the world is hungry for real conversations, real friendships, real love. It’s a beautiful moment when the sleeping giant within us wakes up. When we make a simple yet deep human connection. When we talk about things that are important and we see true understanding in the other person’s eyes. When their eyes smile at us.
I run into her from time to time. We greet each other like warm friends. I don’t know her name. It doesn’t matter.
She always says, “Where is our moon?” and we look in the sky until we find it. She always calls it, “our moon.” It makes me so happy that she does. Our moon. We share the moment, not saying much but rich with warmth, pleasure and understanding.
Birds sing a morning symphony as we go in separate directions, united by the magic of the moment.
Wishing you many moments of deep human connection and great beauty with the many wonderful people in this world who share the longings of your heart. May you find fulfillment in their eyes and they in yours.