A Close Shave

I was looking forward to meeting my friend, Lien, at Ecopolitan, my favorite restaurant, around 2:00. I arrived before 1:30, laptop in hand, looking forward to getting a little work done before she showed up.

As I walked in, a lovely young woman looked at me as if she had been waiting for me to walk through the door. “You’re here every time I am,” she said with a friendly smile. What a nice greeting! I Introduced myself and asked her dining companion if this was her first time at Ecopolitan. I said, “Nice to meet you both,” turned around and saw a young man looking at me just as purposefully. “It’s his first time too,” he said, gesturing to his elderly dining companion as if we were the best of friends. More introductions and small talk followed. I handed out bookmarks for my book to all four of them and asked them to leave a blog comment or send me an e-mail so we could stay connected.

Ecopolitan has always been my Cheers—I know everybody and everybody knows me—but there was an especially friendly vibe in the house today. Before sitting down to wait for my friend, I ducked in the bathroom. Glancing in the mirror, I realized, “Oh-oh. I forgot to shave.” Foolish, foolish Phil. Did I get angry at myself? Did I start stressing out? Nope. I laughed. I’ve trained myself to slow down and view my mess-ups as opportunities for mini-adventures. No matter what is in front of me, I do my best to greet it with gratitude and these three words: As you wish. I decided on the spot to drive the six miles back home to make myself more presentable. So off I went, bidding adieu to my newfound friends as I left.

What gifts did I find in my failure to shave? Plenty:

• If I hadn’t arrived at Eco when I did, I wouldn’t have connected with the people I met there in quite the same way.

• It felt good to know that I was getting better at staying calm and present in supposedly stressful situations.

• Instead of wasting half an hour berating myself, I stayed peaceful and happy, which enabled me to mentally compose a key addition to the book I was working on by the time I got back home. A wonderful bonus!

• Last but not least, my mistake provided me with a good blog post! It feels good knowing that my oversight may provide insight to others.

Oh, by the way, after shaving, I walked back into Ecopolitan at 2:00 on the nose. Made it by a whisker!

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4 Responses to “A Close Shave”

  1. Serena Says:

    You went with the flow and everything turned out as it was meant to be. :)

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yep. The more you do that, the easier it becomes. Thanks, Serena!

  3. Glenn Says:

    heh… I forget to shave regularly, and I notice that most folks don’t notice these days. (take a look at any Land’s End catalog, for instance). My *flow* is in the direction of “oh well…”

    nose hairs are another matter…

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Intentional stubble is definitely in these days, Glenn!

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