The last few days have been so chalk-full of goodness that I have been too busy to take time and write a meaningful blog post. Visitors. Traveling. Lecturing. Reading. Long runs. The good, albeit busy, life. When life gets busy, I think its a perfect time to take a step back and appreciate something simple…
Recently I gave a lecture at Viterbo University’s Humanities Symposium. I hope to write more about it soon, but for now, suffice it to say I was feeling young. The other speakers were tenured professors who reminisced about being in college during Vietnam. Self-conscious, I was second guessing the decision to wear knee high boots and a black dress. I felt too old for the students to be impressed and too young for the professors to take me seriously.
Then, as I am driving from the hotel to the symposium with the only other woman lecturer, she says, “Hey, I just wanted to let you know you look great. Your friends aren’t hear to tell you, and someone needed to.” Just out of the blue, and she put me at ease.
Today I am grateful for the way that women can immediately connect like that and for the courage it takes to compliment a stranger.