Eight weeks ago or so, one of my friends invited me to Panera for coffee and bagels. We had such a great time that we invited another friend. And thanks to Facebook, we soon started inviting everyone. We are there every Friday morning while our kids are in school. Some come every week and some come when they can. It is very eclectic group. Friends that I am getting to know, good friends and friends that I haven't seen in awhile.
When we first started planning our little coffees, I had to let go of my computer obsession and my list of things to do. I had usual plans for my Fridays and when I struggled with this, I knew that I needed to get out more. I had to step away from the computer and really talk to my friends.
Yesterday, one of our friends sent out an email wondering if we were all meeting at a wine bar like we planned last week. I didn't want to go. I love wine and being forced to sit in a cozy wine bar where I cannot have a glass is near torture. Plus I was tired and would rather sit and do absolutely nothing. But, I thought how much time I spend here in my house, how I need to connect and how I need to step away from the computer. So, as tired as I was, I sent back and email saying that I would go.
I am so glad that I went. Last night, I got no more than 5 hours of sleep. My youngest woke me up three times due to a fever he was fighting. And guess what? I had more energy today that I have in awhile. I felt energized just by connecting with friends and talking.
I am going to say yes more often, reach out more and spend more time with friends. I feel so much better when I do. And you know what? I am going to worry less about my inbox and how long it has been since I have written a post. Tomorrow is another Friday morning at Panera and I can't wait to see who shows up. And as always, it is an open invitation if you live nearby. We'd love to have you walk away from your computer and join us.
The Open Road
4 years ago