It's almost eerie. It's always wonderful. The way that friends give you that unexpected boost just when you need it most. I'm sure you know the feeling, even if I'm not putting it into words very well.
Latest case in point:
This arrived in the mail yesterday. From one of the sweetest people on the planet...Chris. He remembered that I really wanted to read this book, and so he just hauled off and got it for me. And what was even better was his note (on the cutest freakin' Where the Wild Things Are postcard, I might add). I just felt my spirits lift and my attitude brighten! Perfect timing, I tell you.
And you know what, if you've read Chris's post today, he sort of puts into words exactly what's had me down. As he said, "I need to slow down…life has felt like chaos lately. And it’s not really bad…I haven’t been feeling bad, just overwhelmed." I swear, I could have written those very words myself!!! That is exactly how I've felt my life has been the past several weeks. Everything is absolutely fine. I'm not unhappy. I feel blessed beyond measure. But I'm just so damn tired and overwhelmed by all there is to get done...and by all the things that aren't getting done because of more pressing issues. Do you know that feeling? The one where you know you have no right to complain...the one where you can't possibly conceive the reasons that you have been given so much in life when others who surely are more deserving have so much less...the one where you can honestly say "life is good!" and believe wholeheartedly that it's true...all combined with the uncontrollable urge to just cry because you feel like you're suffocating and you just want to escape from under the enormous pile of obligations that you're buried in? Yeah, that feeling.
And hence, the added specialness of a friend's thoughtfulness. Thank you, Chris! Your heart is made of gold, and your timing is exquisite!
(BTW, speaking of generosity and thoughtfulness, I can't wait to share what my wonderful cuz-in-law/friend, Jean, sent us from her adventures in Vietnam! I just need to get some photos first.)