"You have a beautiful smile," she commented when I greeted her and I blinked before offering my thanks and finding my seat.
It turns out I talk more than I listen and am more emotional than logical. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has read a post or two. The saving grace is that I score very well in terms of being adaptable! I can adjust my style to match more analytical or gentle souls.
My problem is I sometimes forget to do so.
I resist the need to roll my eyes when someone states, sometimes rather awed, "So I'm not alone in feeling that way."
"Read a blog," I think, not unkindly, for that's one of the safest, easiest ways to establish that there are people very similar to you in problems and fears and annoying habits and lovable traits. Perhaps you find different characteristics in different places, but I'm a fan of 'there are no original ideas' philosophy.
People are special, of course, in the way they combine traits and react to stresses and so I'm trying to mature in such a way that I remember not everyone wants to be treated the way I do. I am too impatient and need to relax and let people be - let things happen.
So whether from answered prayers or sexy distractions, I've been having a good week after a tough Monday. I'm nearly packed for my trip and have semi-frantically been finishing things at work while very-lazily making sure I'm rested and happy before my halfway-around-the-world flights.
I'll admit to being rather excited about posting pictures and interesting stories while I travel though! Stay tuned.