The Plot Twist, A Lesson for Life

(Read in less than :03)“The best stories are the ones with the unexpected plot twists that no one would have guessed, even the writer.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

One day, on a whim, I emailed an invitation to a woman I’d never met. “Let’s have coffee,” I said, “I think we could become friends.” I’m not a shy person (understatement) but this was a bit bold even by my standards. Why did I invite her? She wrote a newspaper column and there was something in the way she chose her words that made me know we had a similar world view. Friends, Act 1, Scene 1. Our friendship took hold and deepened quickly, right from the start. And then, about two years ago, she moved a thousand miles away. She went away as quickly as she had come into my life.

A tuning fork kind of plot

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the mysterious thing that happens when we discover a kindred soul. It’s like striking a tuning fork and hearing the corresponding tone almost instantaneously. A friendship like that enriches us. In spite of life’s disappointments, we can share and celebrate our little victories. Friends strengthen and encourage each other to keep pressing on. We help each other to stay filled with gratitude and remain fascinated instead of frustrated with life.

“You have been my friend”, replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.” ~E B White, Charlotte’s Web

Once in awhile, I’ve met a stranger that I instinctively knew at some gut level had been my friend for thirty years somewhere in time. Every time it happens, it’s amazing and I’ll bet it’s happened to you. It is some sort of cosmic script, fate, circumstance or a divine appointment of some sort? I like to think of it as a delicious mystery.

Now for the plot twist

It has been said that people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. O’Henry could not have written a more intriguing story than this one. She’s back. As quickly as she left two years ago, she’s back. Neither of us can fully understand exactly what happened but Saturday we had lunch at the same little cafe where we drank our first cup of coffee. Friends, Act 2 Scene 1.

I loved the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and I especially adored the young hotelier, Sonnie. His character was a man/boy of immense wisdom. The most memorable line in the movie was from him. “Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.” Good words to live by. The message is important. Our story is never over until it’s over and there will be plot twists. Oh my, will there be plot twists.

The moral of the story? Life is full of surprises. Life is a movie. We’re the most fully awake and alive when we learn to love the changing landscape.

Loving the sunshine. See you Thursday!






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