Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Camaraderie

In everyone’s life, at some time,
our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with
another human being. ~ Albert Schweitzer


I posted yesterday about meeting some of my emotional needs by hanging out with like-minded people. Well, it happened today. I attended my first-ever quilt guild meeting.

No, it didn't look quite like the old-fashioned picture above (does anyone still quilt like that, I wonder?) It was a group of about 150 women of all ages, sizes and colors. I felt right at home!

I also went with the intention of meeting my blogging buddy Mary. We had exchanged emails, figuring out how we'd find each other, where we'd wait, etc. Turns out, we pulled up together at the same moment, and met in the parking lot. She's a very warm and open woman with the prettiest smile! I'm glad we've met in person and look forward to getting to know her.

Talk about a small world: the membership person for the guild is a former member of mine, back when I was a Weight Watcher leader. It was great to see her again! I think I'm getting a bit more comfortable when this happens: my first instinct was not to run and hide, so she couldn't see the weight I've regained. Nope, I went right up to her, held out my hand and re-introduced myself. I'm so glad I did. We chatted for a while and she told me how much she used to love coming to my meetings - how sweet was that?

So I think I've found a fun way to get a few of my emotional needs met. And you want to know what's interesting? As I drove away from the meeting, I found myself thinking that it's time to get new walking shoes. I got a gift certificate to a fitness shoe store for Christmas, and haven't used it yet. But today, it feels like it might be time.

Funny how that works, isn’t it? When we take care of ourselves emotionally, it puts us in a good place to want to take care of ourselves physically. I like when that happens!


Until next time…

10 comments:

Cammy said...

How'd you get so smart? :) I'm so glad life is working so well for you! (Can we see the new shoes when you get them? Please?)

Needled Mom said...

I so enjoyed meeting up with you at today's meeting and look forward to coffee or whatever to continue our "meeting."

Walking shoes???? Does that mean walking too???? I should be doing the same thing and we live in such a beautiful part of the country. We should be out and enjoying each little step.

Mama Bear June said...

What a great post. I love quilting, too. And I do now some women who quilt just like the picture shows! :-) Being with quilters is always uplifting for me.

Go get those new shoes and post a picture! :-)
Path to Health

RunningNan said...

How awesome! It sounds like you had a great day! I look forward to hearing about all of your walking adventures!

RunningNan said...

How awesome! It sounds like you had a great day! I look forward to hearing about all of your walking adventures!

Felicia said...

Well look at you!! Miss out there and doing!! YOU GO!! I love this post!!

Keep up the inspiring work!!

*huggles*
=0)

Exuberant Color said...

You will really have a spring in your step now. I know what you mean. I always walk more when I am happy or excited about something.

Take One Stripper Pole said...

It is always nice to have the warm fuzzies when you get together with a like minded group ... glad you had such a wonderful time with new friends.

Hanlie said...

I think that is key! I'm really on a mission to do that and it's paying off in spades. Well done, Pattie!

Lora said...

It looks like maybe you've met a walking buddy! Go get those shoes and do it! I'm so happy that you enjoyed the quilting guild - I think it will turn out to be a blessing for you in many ways!