When was the last time that you were in a room that was overflowing with love?
Sometimes you can be in a filled room that seems to be all good, but it’s really not. There might be a rift between some family members, there could be that person who you are really, really, really hoping to avoid, there can be a person that is just sweet bejesus-ly annoying. Some folks are a combo-they have the knack. This can happen frequently at events where many of the attendees know each other.
But sometimes, it is All Just Good…when you slice to any level, there is nothing but positive to be found.
Happily, I can say that I was in one of those rooms on Sunday evening.
It was the birthday party for a dear, dear friend who turned 50. *Please let the record note that I am sort of blown away by the fact that I have a friend who is turning 50.** Let the record also note that this friend makes 50 look like 35, so I can breathe easier. This event was unusual in that it brought together a handful of people from various places in this friend’s life. And thus, many of us did not know each other. We might have heard each other’s names at points in time, even seen a facebook pic here or there, but that was the extent of it.
The common thread was the Birthday Girl.
And this Birthday Girl is one of those Good People of the world. As we went around the table describing how we first met, these were the words I chose for her. She brings goodness to the world and makes those around her feel loved and happy. She is a positive person; not in a Polly-Anna-fake-it-till-you-make-it-way, but a realistically positive person. She has had her ups and downs and bumps and bruises, but the cream has risen to the top and there she is. I feel privileged to be in her inner-circle.
As she sat at that big table, candles flickering and wine glasses being held, she was having a George Bailey moment of her very own, but without the drama of Clarence and a bridge on a snowy night. Everyone chimed in, in beautiful ways, about how this woman has touched their lives and what she means to them. I don’t think this had been planned, but when the first guest jumped up and began talking, we all knew where this was going. And I have to admit, I was a little nervous about it. The pressure to say something meaningful on this special night with everyone at the table sitting and listening to you (spotlight!)…would I trip over my tongue? Would I blurt out something completely inane? Or worse, would I sound generic?
Nope. My turn came and I looked at my friend and the right words rolled off my tongue. And what was great was that these were words that don’t generally work their way into casual conversation, so who knows, maybe I never would have said them to her.
It was a great moment and also a great reminder to just blurt it out. When someone makes you feel special or they knock your socks off, say it.
What an incredible birthday gift to receive.
Good People deserve that.