What I Lost at Allume
Every large place or event has one – a lost and found. There resides an assortment of odds and ends ranging from stray socks to expensive electronics. Somewhere, I imagine, is the right hand of my favorite hot pink stretch velvet Kenneth Cole gloves. I lost it last year on a quick trip to the mall for my niece’s gift. Between the car, Dick’s and Game Stop and back again it disappeared. Let’s take a moment, shall we?
I was at Allume this past weekend. There were several announcements about missing glasses and phones. Thankfully no one misplaced a binder – most of all me!
There were several things I took with me that I did lose. I’ll give you my list here. No need to return them to me.
1) Track of Time – Moving through the day with purpose, goals and serendipity made the time flow in a swiftness that I’ve rarely experienced. Team meetings melted into breakfast, which streamed right into dinner and the late night. The providence of conversation and chance meeting was interspersed through each day. Let me tell you, at points this was the grace break that my soul needed to keep moving.
2) Sleep – Granted, I knew going in there would be late nights. It was a conference for over 400 women! That’s a lot of talking that needs to get accomplished. There was also the work that started early and ended late. Beyond that, there were times I know I was completely awakened by the Holy Spirit – before the alarm clock!! Y’all! I don’t do that! I had nudges to check twitter to see that one of the speakers was thanking Allume and on their way home. I was ready with a reply that made it seem I had intentionally waited for that. Shhh… don’t tell Logan or Nasreen that wasn’t the case.
3) A great pen – I received the pen as a gift in a bag on a trip that was all grace. This was not one of those throw in your pen cup pens – it was a keeper! It, in turn, was used to write words “Full of Grace” into books and hearts of women who showed grace to each other! A high honor indeed for a humble pen.
4) A little Vanity – I broke the handle off my hairbrush the first night in the hotel. The hairdryer cord caught it in my hand and dashed it to the unforgiving tile floor. So long favored hairbrush! I also found myself smiling in front of cameras with dear friends long after the foundation, and concealer, and color-correcting primer that was hiding this rosacea I’ve been fighting a shame war with for months had worn off. Did I mention one of these times was on stage when I had no idea that was happening? Oy & Vey!
5) Preconceived Notions – Face it, we probably all packed a little of this when we left. I read this by Kim Hall which was a bit of a confirmation. I didn’t tuck this neatly into a corner of the suitcase. These were living beings in my mind that looked strangely similar to a whole lot of people I had never actually met. Generally I find they are rarely like their real-life counterpart. I’m not sure why we do that but I hope we all lost most of it there.
I didn’t only lose things there. There was much that I gained and we can look into that box next time. I hope you’ll stay tuned to see what I pull out.
I'm linking this up at Allume with others who are telling what they may have lost or found this year.