TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Al

7 Oct

Today’s connection was a surprise. I actually wasn’t sure what connection would line up since I didn’t have a lunch plan or a meet up or something that would put me in touch with a friend.

I worked from home in the morning to make sure I wouldn’t miss the FedEx delivery and then headed to the office. I stopped at Whole Foods to grab a quick lunch and then headed to the office.

As I drove away the light turned red and I was officially stuck in traffic.

Then, I saw a black Jeep waving at me.

The man in the Jeep was waving at me to move forward so he could pull into the bank parking lot. I looked at him and shrugged as if to say, “sorry, I’m stuck.”

Then, just as the car in front of me inched forward so that I could also inch forward I noticed the man in the Jeep was pointing right at me exuberantly and smiling. At first I was confused. Then I realized why he was pointing — we knew each other!

It was our friend Al, who we haven’t seen in a long time.

We met Al when we lived on Martha’s Vineyard. Justin and Al worked together at Long Point, for the Trustees. We spent many summers together hanging out on the beautiful island but that was almost ten years ago.

But today, there was AL!

It was the perfect connection. One I could never have planned.

I laughed out loud and waved a big smile back to him, then the light turned green. He drove to the bank and I drove to work.

As I drove away I thought about all the connections that had to line up for that exact moment in time to happen, down to the exact second. From the FedEx delivery to the Whole Foods check out line to the traffic light turning red. Everything had to be synchronized in the most perfect way connecting all the dots.

And maybe that’s what this year is all about.
Connecting the dots.

I can’t wait to see what happens next.
(Good to see you, Al!)

More tomorrow,

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