“Oh shit, you’ve made an impact here. This is only your second visit and I’ve been here too many times to count.”
She laughed. “Well don’t worry dear boy. You either have it, or you don’t.”
He could see why everyone liked Olivia North. Her smile had the same effect on people she interacted with as the rising sun had on the day. She made things come alive and lit up the world. He sensed this the first day they met. He knew he was a lucky man to be sitting across a small table with her sharing such good food for breakfast. He sat with his back facing the street, knowing how she loved to watch the world pass by. She soaked it all in, the sounds of the traffic, the crazy motorcycles, and the people scurrying along the footpath in front of the shop.
Olivia then said something that made him smile. “Do know something… I’ve really noticed myself becoming much more an observer of life. Of people, places, and nature. I’m sure I’m seeing things I never noticed before.”
He could relate to what she was saying. He called it the slowing of the mind, the ability to stop thinking about what is coming next, or what had passed, and simply observing what is happening in the present moment.