Merry Monday: Symbiosis



Merry Monday is an idea inspired by blog projects like Amy Putkonin’s “Tao Tuesday” and Cynthia Lee’s “Scattered Life Collective”. As they do, I invite your to participate! If you have a “Merry Monday” item, please feel free to leave it in the comments below or blog about it and mention your post in the comments, because let’s face it – it’s way too early on a Monday morning to try and do one of those linky-thingys so let’s just do it old school with actual communication. 

“Merry Monday” is my series of little things…little, ordinary every-day things that bring a little nice to life. I’m not talking about anything outrageously joyful, deeply spiritual, blissed-out or life-lesson-y. Just some little piece of fluff and happiness that can make your Monday…or any other day. Cosmic can be kind of rare…but the magic of the mundane comes by the bucket load once you learn to see it. 


I don’t remember the guy’s name.

I think it was “Hannable Smith” or something like that – you know, the guy in charge of the “A-Team” way back in the original 1970s TV series we watched as kids. I still “love it when a plan comes together”.

Sometimes the cool thing is the plan coming together as much as the final result or the steps that got to the results. The cool thing about a plan coming together is the way the sum is more than the parts, and a feeling of 2 + 2 equaling 5 for a change.

Times and feelings like that live with you. Times like that are some of the most memorable and are certainly the most spontaneous little sparks of coolness that explode into existence and are gone, can never be sought but only allowed to happen.

It’s a little thing…but I thought it was so cool, and the feeling of it so genuine it has stuck with me for literally decades. We all know the frustrations of driving in traffic and little nuisances. I’d been driving a long way from a road trip, and was almost home around midnight. Strangely enough, four of us…random cars in a small town neighborhood…pulled up to a 4-way stop at the precise exact same time. Turned on our right turn signals at exactly the same instant, and took our right turns all at the same time. Being dark, there was no way to see the other people. Just four perfectly executed simultaneous right turns by strangers at midnight, like a precision driving ballet. What are the chances?

Less surprising but equally nice, and some time before the stop sign ballet…was camping with friends. Vacation was over and it was time to make the long drive home. Everyone woke at dawn, and without saying a single word we all broke camp, loaded the car and was halfway to breakfast before we realized that we had done a ton of stuff, swiftly, silently, symbiotically.  I don’t know if it was because of the lack of coffee or in spite of it, but we all thought it was pretty cool anyway.

Most memorable moments are like that, the ones that are defined as much by feeling as by circumstance.

The most ordinary moments are sometimes the most symbiotic. It isn’t just the sunshine coming through the window, or the cup of hot coffee, or the funny newpaper article, or a loved one watching TV across the room…but the relaxed, Sunday Morning gestalt of the whole thing taken together.

I love it when an unplanned plan comes together

Sometimes it is the totality of the moment that makes the moment more than any one little part.


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