Nudge, Nudge

On my way to Whole Foods tonight, I passed a woman on the sidewalk, startling her as I walked briskly by. She smiled and joked about it as I passed her. Once in the store, I saw her in the produce section and thought, “I’m supposed to talk to her.” That happens often; I can walk into a crowd of people and my attention is drawn to one or two people whom I’m supposed to meet. I’ve learned to pay attention to those intuitive commands and have grown fearless in following through with them. After all, what’s the worst that can happen when you cheerfully introduce yourself to someone?

That nudge-nudge feeling was confirmed when I ran into her two more times throughout the store. Finally, when we both were standing in front of the deli counter, the time was right. I said to her, “We keep on running into each other, so I figure that means I’m supposed to meet you.” She was delighted that I had struck up a conversation. She told me she had lived in Encinitas for many years. When I asked her what kind of work she did, she said she ran a guest house. Bingo! I immediately knew who she was before she told mer her name. It was Carolyn Cope, who owns The McNeill House just a few blocks from where we stood. She rents out a few nicely furnished and decorated rooms by the day, week, month or more. I had called her before moving to Encinitas more than a year ago and had had a nice conversation with her. I had wondered if I would ever meet her once I was in Encinitas and here we were, crossing paths again and again in Whole Foods until I finally said hello.

Why was I drawn to Carolyn today of all days? Hmmm, let me think. Could it possibly be because I had just been talking to a friend from Minneapolis before leaving for Whole Foods and she said she’d love to come to Encinitas for a visit and asked me to keep my eyes and ears open for a woman she could stay with? Hello! If that’s not exquisite timing, I don’t know what is.

Funny how some people seem to be in your orbit and you’re in their orbit. You can live blocks away from some people for years and never meet, and there are other people whom you run into repeatedly, all over the city and even in far-flung locations where you never expected to see a soul you knew.

The next time you feel a nudge to say hi to someone, take a leap of faith and do it! You never know what connections are just waiting to be made.

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