Hellllllllllo Sam’s Storybook, it’s Erin. I usually blog over at Ramblings of a Ragamuffin, but today I’m writing at the Storybook! I first met Sam through Young Life last fall, and we have since become good friends. We’ve talked for awhile now about guest posting for one another, and I am excited to invite you into my world today.
Yesterday, I spent a few hours at Starbucks with my good friend and fellow Young Life leader, Erin. While she studied, I took some time away from my computer and phone, instead choosing to read and write and think and process. I did spend a decent amount doing that, but I also spent a decent amount of time looking around, people watching and eavesdropping on conversations. In the midst of my few hours at Starbucks, my eyes came across one of the advertisements in the store:
“Let’s inspire more moments of spontaneous togetherness.”
I think the advertisement was for instant coffee. But I think these words are true for life as its happening around us. As I read the advertisement I began to think, I like that. I want that. I want that for my life. I want more moments of spontaneous togetherness. I want to welcome interruptions and stay present to life as it’s unfolding around me. I want to create spontaneous moments of togetherness with the people in my life. Unexpectedly long conversations. Last-minute plans. Late-night adventures. Dance parties in the middle of work or studying. Unplanned coffee dates. Spontaneous moments where I decide to put aside what’s on my to-do list and instead choose to make memories and build relationships. These moments connect me back to the truth that life isn’t found in checking things off my to-do list or selfishly sticking to my “plan,” but in making time for people and relationships and memories.
As I left Starbucks yesterday morning and went about my day, I was continually brought back to spontaneous togetherness. At multiple times during the day, I was challenged to think about how I was creating togetherness in relationships. Sam came over for dinner, and while we were eating and talking, she invited me to see Shame with her later that night. I mean, in my head my night consisted of going to the gym and watching The Santa Clause. Exciting, right? Not so much. So instead, I decided to go with Sam. I decided to choose people, choose memory, choose togetherness. It was beyond worth it.
I hope and I pray for many more moments of spontaneous togetherness; for Sam, for me, for you.