I missed Random Five Friday because I was away on business so I’ll start today with some thoughts from this week.
1. I attended a town hall meeting Thursday night. No big deal as I my job requires I do this from time to time. I know my business and tend to over-prepare. But it’s always daunting to walk through the doors of a place you’ve never been and feel a sea of eyes turn your way. I met the folks who’d invited me, shook hands, passed out business cards and took a moment to steady myself. As the meeting was called to order, the council did something I hadn’t experienced before. Ahead of the “Pledge of Allegiance,” the leader said an invocation. The invocation was a prayer, and the person leading it asked for guidance and wisdom as they conducted the community’s business. He asked everyone to remember that while they’re community servants, they’re His servants first. A steadying presence was with me and any worries I had just melted away.
2. I was also asked to attend a Friday breakfast meeting with an influential Congressman. Of course I said yes. Up long before the 5:00 a.m. alarm, I couldn’t contain my excitement. You see, we’ve met before, and we have a nice, easy rapport. Walking into the meeting, I ran into a fellow I’ve been helping for some time now. He and I had never met and while his circumstances are complicated, he’s pleased with the help I’ve provided and that experience changed his opinion of our company. I beamed as he relayed that story to the Congressman.
Chance meetings? They’re never chance and Karma is only bad if you are.
3. Driving to these new-to-me places, I had the addresses printed out and the GPS tuned in. But I still turned the radio down as I got closer … do you do that? Funny.
4. At yesterday’s meeting, a lovely lady in charge of registering commented that she “loved my makeup.” I smiled and thanked her. I couldn’t help but think that complimenting someone’s makeup is kinda like telling the cook she has a wonderful stove. Well intentioned … but a bit of a misfire. People are fascinating.
5. Youngest kid went to see the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” recently. He’s a music lover like me and oftentimes finds the soundtrack of a movie as appealing as the show itself. I was prepping dinner when I heard a distinctive sound that took me back to 1974. “Oooga Chacka Oooga Chacka” will do that to you.
And how was your week? Do you believe in Karma? Do you turn down the radio so you can “see”better, too? Does that song make you think of dreamy B.J. Thomas?