1. free au lait
When you don’t realize that free refills are included, and though you ask for a bit of warm milk too, the sometimes-snooty barista cheerfully hands it over, gratis. Double free treat–kindness & coffee!
2. free bananas & paper towels
Oh this one is a good story (and the moment it happened, I knew it’d be on the list this week): Last Thursday was a long, long, rough day. I’d been running ragged since Saturday, and my dear home was without both bananas and paper towels (which, to me, means it’s not a “home” anymore, but just a crash pad). Stopping for a happy-hour margarita with my dear friend, Ryan Evangelical (name adjusted to describe more accurately this sweet man), I decided out loud that a dose of tequila & a proper catch up was much more important than frenetic-search-for-paper-towels-before-9-pm-that-night. And so, what was waiting on my doorstep when I arrived home from my last meeting, about 8:45pm? Yes, bananas & paper towels and a note proclaiming, “Grace!”
That, readers, is true community. That is what the 1 John lection from last week’s Sunday lessons described: “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” (1 John 3:17-18)
I’m doing all sorts of strange, strange things when I have a hot yoga session early, early in the morning. I reach out to people I haven’t talked to in years; I fearlessly try totally new things; I notice my environments throughout the day and my body’s reaction to them. This new fearlessness, lowered-reactivity, openness-to-newness, and heightened awareness births great compassion & creativity. It’s the same sort of high I used to get from running–that unsinkable feeling of crushing it (and though I don’t run anymore, I’m so grateful to have found this high again!).