Do you ever have days where just being around other people makes such a positive difference? I’m sure we’ve all had days where we just don’t want to be around anyone. But there are times where just the opposite happens as well.
Today was my first official day at work for the fall semester, kicked off with a day long meeting for one of the classes I teach. Ugh, you might think. But the conversations about teaching, about a liberal arts education, and connecting with my LC partner were really satisfying. It was a good reminder of why I love my job and do like the college at which I teach. I even had some lovely conversations with my department chair and another department member. They were talking about possibilities for me in the future. I feel like I have to be guarded with the way in which I answer their questions. Isn’t it sad that we have to not seem to eager about things? Or maybe it’s just that I am a bit jaded and don’t trust. Or maybe that I just don’t know what the h*ll I want!! Regardless, all of that left me with a peaceful sort of glow about me.
So where did this “happy glow” originate, then? I had a knitting meet up with Katie, Amy, Kate, and Alana (who is blogless as far as I know) this evening. I went to high school with the first three, so part of the night was playing catch up (what have you been doing for the past 13 years?) but it was also just good times. There was knitting, there was spinning, there was talk ranging all sorts of topics. It was so satisfying and happy. I got to spend time with adults and I enjoyed it! Now I’m home, the kids had a good time with L1 while I was out, I met all of my to-do list objectives for the day, and I just feel so light and at peace with the world.
When you like being with others (I know we all have our introverted moments), what do you like best? I’d like to know what connects other people in the world.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson