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Saturday
Jun122010

The One-Hour Gift

As far as arrival time goes, I am usually on time or a little early. I’m also human, so of course there are times when I’m late. One recent rainy spring evening, I found myself in a unique time situation. I actually arrived to my destination an entire hour early. Since I expected to arrive just as the program began, I didn’t have any reading material or projects with me.

There I was alone in an empty auditorium with my cup of earl grey tea. I couldn’t believe that I had a whole hour to just sit and do nothing. So, I sipped, breathed deeply and smiled at this wonderful, unexpected gift. I felt light-hearted and giddy by the idea that there was nothing special for me to do except wait. This was unusual.

After relaxing a while, I pulled out some blank index cards to write about this experience. People began arriving. Just like being at an airport, I enjoyed people watching. Some entered the room quietly, while others came in with a big display. The decibel level in the once quiet room quickly began rising, along with the energy level. There I sat, still smiling, writing and enjoying my time gift.

I noticed that most people were busy doing something like conversing with friends, checking email, texting, talking on their cell phones, or switching their seat to a more desirable location. The room filled with busyness. Everyone around me was active. In fact, I too was no longer just sitting. I was writing.

Then my friends began arriving, so I quickly finished my thoughts, put away my pen, and enjoyed having some face to face conversation before the event began.

The program was a comedy competition that my younger daughter participated in. Teens from all over the county competed in a friendly night of comedy improv. One of the improvs about corn threw me into a fit of almost unstoppable laughter, complete with tears streaming down my face. I love to laugh with complete abandon and these kids provided me with plenty of cause to let loose. It was a great evening between the free time and the abundance of laughter!

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Reader Comments (5)

Linda- how fun! And I love that picture of you... beautiful!!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

I love this story Linda..your mind expected to be kept busy, but you filled in the time so beautifully

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLetha

@Crystal - Thank you for your encouraging words. My daughter took this of me when we were picnicking on the Hudson before a summer outdoor theatre event.

@Letha- I'm so glad you liked this story. One of the fun parts about blogging is that it makes me more aware of everyday experiences. It gives me a chance to not just be in the moment, but reflect about the days too.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Wow - a whole hour... I think a block of un-programmed time is more valuable than gold these days. Just to sit, relax, breath, observe, and "be." And then to end it with a good laugh - what a decadent evening... absolutely divine!

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Seana- I love your comparison between time and gold, where "time" is the precious commodity. I'm 100% with you on that. It sure makes the case for creating more white space in the schedule, doesn't it?

February 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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