Yesterday I (unexpectedly) had a really helpful and insightful chat with a complete stranger. I hadn't been expecting to talk to anyone about anything significant, and then suddenly found myself having a very emotional and personal conversation with this woman. I went with it, and I'm glad I did. She was able to give me a few totally new perspectives on something I've been struggling with for a while. I left feeling like a weight had been lifted, which was odd since I hadn't felt especially encumbered when I'd arrived... sometimes you get so used to carrying something you almost forget it's there.
Today I had a request out of the blue, which - for reasons I'm not going into - would have really thrown me two days ago. I can see that I would have been really floored by this... but thanks to the compassion, patience and insight of this woman yesterday I'm not.
I doubt I'll get chance to tell her "thank you", but I'm profoundly grateful and wanted to note that somewhere somehow.
Sorry. I promise I'll post something of substance/non-cryptic next time.
(all of which is not to undermine the hours of compassionate patient & insightful conversations I've had on the same subject with friends, but perhaps it's easier for strangers to be less gentle...)