I appreciate a nudge from the universe every so often. This being Asheville, it doesn’t give up if you don’t notice the first time.
One day last week, Zoë and I were chatting over cups of coffee & chai at the local coffee shop, when I noticed a young girl working intently at her laptop on a nearby former piece of tree.
There were words written on her arm, but only a few peeked out from under her sleeve, teasing me with this unfinished thought…
Do I dare disturb…
“Mum, don’t,” said Zoë, knowing what was about to happen.
“I won’t bother her,” I promised, “unless she looks up.”
Just in case, I had my camera ready.
“Do I dare disturb the universe,” the girl with the long ginger hair told me moments later, when I did actually dare to disturb her – ignoring the dark clouds of disapproval on my daughter’s face.
“It’s a quote from T S Eliot.”
She told me these words have special meaning for her and for how she’s charting out the rest of her life – once she completes her Masters Degree in writing from a nearby university.
Unable to shake the quote from my head, I looked it up and found the words in a line from the “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
Oddly enough, I had seen those words on another person in another coffee shop, two and a half years ago in New Orleans.
Two like minds in two different coffee shops? Sure, of course.
But also a persistent nudge, or reminder, from the universe to get going with whatever it is I will dare to disturb.