I hopped in my friend Jason’s car early Sunday morning, headed for Harrisonburg, VA. I was going to catch up with a friend that I haven’t seen in over 10 years. She’s started this new church in a theater, made up of college kids and people who aren’t that religious. I decided to check it out and to have lunch with her afterward.
The whole day was a combination of new and old, different and familiar. And it was energizing. It’s great to reconnect with someone who knows you from long ago, giving you a sense of the long arc of time. And it’s amazing to see this unique thing she’s doing that inspires you for what you might do one day.
That’s a whole lot of past, present, and future packed into one afternoon. If I ever do something like she has, it won’t be because I copy her or start from scratch. I think I’ll have to let all of my past and present get recycled and repurposed somehow, as if I arrive where I started and know the place for the first time.
(Apologies if I have misappropriated T.S. Eliot.)