I was feeling good, real good today. As mentioned in a previous post, I had set my intentions and I was feeling energized. I emailed my resume to an organization whose mission was very much in line with the meaningful, vision-inspired work experience I am creating. I went for my swim, walked home, ate dinner, and then walked another fifteen minutes to the bus stop to wait for the bus that would take me to my Toastmasters meeting in Pearl City.
According to Google Maps, the bus was scheduled to arrive at 6:30pm and my arrival time would leave me with seven minutes to spare. I sat and waited. And waited some more. I looked down at my cell phone and saw that it was already 6:40pm. I checked online for the “real time bus arrival.” 7:34pm it read. What?! I would’ve missed my meeting if I left at that time. I was growing increasingly irate. I made an effort to show up to the meeting and the freaking bus was not cooperating with me! This was the second time this week this happened to me on this route. So I called the Help Desk to find the location of this bus and decide whether I should wait or just start walking home. She said they lost GPS on the bus and she could not tell me its arrival time, but lo and behold, while I was still on the phone with the representative, it arrived. The time was 6:50pm when I boarded the bus. I ended up getting off a stop too early and had to walk a few extra minutes. It was about another ten minute walk uphill, but I finally made it to the meeting around 7:30pm. I told myself, “I made the commitment to show up. Perhaps I am here for a reason.”
I walked in while a gentleman was giving a speech and in his speech, he said our paths may sometimes have obstacles, but that doesn’t mean we should stop moving forward. I smiled. Yes, I can certainly relate.
I was called up to do table topics on weather-best or worst experience and I chose to speak about the bitter cold and icy conditions I experienced in NY. My heart was racing, but apparently no one could tell because the evaluator said I looked confident. To my surprise, I won the table topics award this evening. I was grinning from ear to ear.
But what I got most from this night was the chance to meet some very funny, interesting, down to earth people. Several people I spoke to had moved to Hawaii from the mainland and have been living here for 20+ years.
I don’t know folks. I could get used to this kind of weather here in Hawaii. And who knows, maybe I’ll be saying in conversation one day, I moved to Hawaii 20+ years ago…