I talked tonight with a writer who was also my advisor throughout college. We havenâ€™t talked in five years, and when I emailed her, I didnâ€™t know what to expect. But there, suddenly on the phone was her soft southern drawl, her kindness, her wisdom traveling over the wires to me, and afterwards I just lay back on my bed and grinned. It feels so good to talk with someone you admire. She said, â€œAs Iâ€™ve lived Iâ€™ve learned that itâ€™s all about asking good questions. Ask what you can learn from this situation. Ask what is good about this situation. Ask how you can learn.â€
And she said, â€œYou will learn something from this that you canâ€™t learn any other way.â€
And she is right.
** I open the door and joy rushes in, an unexpected guest, a urchin with a clever grin. Nothing to do but to bow down now, and place alms in the bowl of gratitude.