This post is a complete departure from most others in that it is not my usual writing. Instead, it is a pause. A reflection on a moment.
Last week my wife, Christina, and I were invited to a reception for the newly formed Cayman YMCA. Christina is a director of this outstanding organisation. Among her many qualities, my wife is known for her organizational skills and for always being on time for events. It was no surprise when we got there a few moments after 6pm that we were the first in attendance. We often are. Of course the caterers were still setting up, but that is not all that unusual. However, around 10 minutes into our chat with the hostess I started to realise we were the first there not because we were early, but because we were really early. On casually asking, we learned to our embarrassment that the event started at 7pm. We were an hour early. What to do? The photo above is the answer. It was taken during that unexpected time together. We excused ourselves and stepped out to the terrace to take in the view. Together we had 45 minutes to sit, talk and enjoy the most beautiful of sunsets.
Unexpected time was the perfect time for us that evening. Sometimes we need that, don’t we? Moments to unplug on one level and reconnect on another. Have you had unexpected time lately, and did you use it wisely?