I Blew It! And What The...?!?

So we go to my daughter's softball league end-of-year picnic. (So many people!) As we are trying to find our teams table I see a neighbor, who is also a friend. (Well, we are friendly when we see each other, but we don't call, or hang-out. You know what I mean.)
For whatever reason my neighbor felt comfortable enough to share some deep feelings.
I just wasn't prepared.
I'm surrounded by Little Leaguers, hot dogs and raffle tables and here is a woman needing to talk.
I was pulled away by my oldest and smiled at my neighbor who smiled back and said "I'll catch up with you". But she didn't. It was a busy afternoon.
I didn't see her when we left and I didn't get a hold of her last night.
She's not a close friend, however she reached out to me and I didn't respond the way I should have. What is my problem?
Well, I think this is all very interesting because I'm just finishing up the book "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose", and I think I should go back and re-read some chapters!
I am going to take this opportunity to share in a game that I was "tagged" for by Nancy at Vellum and At First Glass.
I'm turning to my nearest book, turning to page 123, finding the fifth sentence then posting the next three sentences.
So here we go...
"A New Earth..." E. Tolle p. 123
"Cooperation is alien to the ego, except when there is a secondary motive. The ego doesn't know that the more you include others, the more smoothly things flow and the more easily things come to you. When you give little or no help to others or put obstacles in their path, the universe-in the form of people and circumstances-gives little or no help to you because you have cut yourself off from the whole."
Holy Crap!!!
This is no joke. I did NOT plan this at all!
I'm kind of freaking out right now. Hmmm...
I'm going to try and get a hold of her right now.
Would anyone else like to partake in this "tagging"? If so, let me know.
Something cool might happen.

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  1. Can I participate by commenting? I just finished The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende and it's sitting on the desk next to me.

    "With the bouncing of the car, the emotions of the past few days, and the doctor's potions, Clara had acquired a skill at giving birth that she did not have the first time around."

  2. i seem to always have people that i'm not really close with want to spill out their life stories... i think it's rather odd!! but hey, maybe there's something more to it. i dunno... :)

  3. I also have people "spill" on me. I don't deal well with it, either. I will have to be conscious to not "cut myself off from the whole world" - I don't mess with Kharma!

  4. Ugh! The dreaded 'friend' who's not really a friend syndrome! Unless there's death involved I don't get involved and even when there is I listen then get the heck otta there!
    I hope you have better luck than I do in the 'neighborhood dumps' situation.

  5. I got one of those spills last week - totally froze! I am definitely not good in those kinds of situations so I feel your pain.

    I would love to participate in the "tagging". I will post it later today after I get the kids off to school :)

  6. Wow... interesting situation and interesting comments you've gotten here. There is a bit of common sense in Blarney's attitude. But years ago a friend of mine went through a similar thing, often -- she would have a weird experience and then see it reflected in her reading. She was seeing the two pastors of her church for another matter, and when she told them, the younger one said, "Don't get hung up on coincidences," and the older one said, "How blessed you are to be so receptive to grace at a time like this."

  7. That happens, and it is hard to know how to respond. I don't know if it is because we are selfish (the ego, I should say), or if we just do not know what to do at the moment... and family does take us away at times where we might have stayed and tried to reach out.

    I think you are doing the right thing reaching out just to follow-up. For whatever reason, you were who she reached out to.

    I started reading "A New Earth" and printed out some of the workbook pages on Oprah's site when she first started the "class," but I've put it aside for awhile. I plan on going back to it as I think there is a good message in there.


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