Enjoying a place before I leave
Thursday evening, while I was sitting at my yacht club enjoying a crafts session and old re-runs of Blue Bloods, I got a call. It was from a member on the nominating committee who wanted to know if I could run for office. The office would be as a Director of the club.
I was surprised and pleased, but told her that would not be fair, as I would not be able to fill the office for more than 6 months. I was planning to move out of the area, and letting my membership lapse, due to the horrific rise in the price of housing in Alameda and the surrounding area.
I will be forced to move at least 100 miles away to be able to afford to live.
The caller was surprised to know that I already was very active in the club doing the garden care, running the book discussion group, cooking every third Sunday breakfast, and coming out every Thursday night for crafts.
She said that since I was so quiet, and working behind the scenes that she had not recognized all that I did.
All well and good. The fact that I was even considered for a position on the board as a Director made me feel all warm and cozy inside.
In this day of violence and upheaval, there is something to be said for small touches of confidences in other’s estimation.
Now that I have adjusted to the fact that I will be leaving, I try to be mindful of the things in my life that I enjoy that may be denied to many others in this world.
I have a secure living space, with three locked doors between me and the outside. The manager is friendly and always available for a chat.
I can walk to all shopping, dentist, doctors and even hospital.
My adult children talk to me, and send me gifts when they can’t take me out to dinner or a museum.
They return my calls too.
Sure, I have issues with life and the people around me, but on the balance, at age 77 I cannot complain of anything because the daily news shows me what I could be living like, and since I have every confidence that I could deal with any adversity with a calmness, I choose to enjoy my life with mindfulness.