It was not 'by chance' that Frances and this man spoke. It was because he made the choice to call her. A choice that resulted in their connection being solidified -in this case through a commonality -a health matter.
Believe Pearl Stardust Angel Charm Bracelet (B208)
But, the commonality is not necessarily the point here. Sometimes it's not to question why, rather it's to accept it is what is to be. He initially called with a purpose (to find out about this strange order email he received). Yet, the call ended with both of their lives having more meaning because (1) he took the chance of calling, making conversation and (2) both made the time to nurture their connection. Regardless of what ever perceived boundaries they felt or assumed they were constrained by. What if Frances had not given him the time of day when he called? What if they conducted the 'business' portion of their call and both rushed off the phone? Although I have not followed up with Frances -I'd bet they both still talk.
The lesson here: Don't waste moments. They are gifts. Throw caution to the wind. Take a chance -cause in the end your life will have greater meaning and value for having taken the leap. If you have given any time thinking about a particular something/someone, there's a moment to be had. You can fight it, but you cannot deny it.
Most people speed through daily life, checking off each accomplishment as they achieve it. Graduation, driving, college, career, dating, marriage, kids, etc, etc. Granted the daily grind of life contributes to almost never glancing backward with so much as a thought. But, think about what you miss when you do this.
I am guilty of this myself. I did it for years, prior to my oldest brother passing away. I don't think to this day I could fully explain why. I just felt this constant drive to boldly grind through life...people...moments...to get to where I was going. And I didn't even know where I was going. I missed connections, time with my brother, time to simply enjoy...life.
I have a lot of theories as to why I did this. Maybe it was to experience all I could -for him -so I could share it with him because he would never get that chance. Maybe it was to avoid what I knew was coming and coming or not, was not prepared for. Again, I have lots of theories. The reality is, I missed out on alot of goodness. For this, I have regret.
In this particular instance, I didn't get a 'do-over' or a second chance. From this I have learned -life is short, make the most of it while you are here. Don't ignore or waste moments. Be happy. Cherish the good people you meet, they give my life value.
When I initially spoke with Frances, my conversation with her sparked a bracelet design concept. Although its' been months, I have discovered the purpose of this blog post and the newest inspired design. The Believe Pearl Stardust Angel Charm Bracelet (B208), shown above, features white Swarovski Pearls, sterling stardust pave' style beads, .925 Bali, sterling letter blocks that read BELIEVE and is finished with sterling silver guardian angel pearl charm and signature jewelry tag. Measures 7-1/2".
Thank you for your inspiration Frances. I hope you are enjoying your new found moments. :-)