Friday, November 02, 2007

At The Moment

At the moment, I am sipping on a cup of steamed milk with a shot of vanilla flavor in it. It was brought over to me by the nice man at the cafe counter after I ordered, sat down at a table near the window, and pulled out my laptop. Apparently, I am sitting in the only coffee shop in town. I crinkle my nose at the cuteness that this entails, knowing full well that I will be seeing a lot of this coffee shop in the course of the next several months. My inner introvert lets out a sigh and bemoans the fact that I am already popular. The introvert feels somewhat dragged around this week by my inner extrovert. The introvert is desperately looking forward to an evening alone tonight. She's longing for the silence of a book and a relaxing hot bath. In fact, her only desire is to get lost in the 1960's science fiction novel given to her by her favorite rabbi. The extrovert, of course, gives the introvert a good-natured, head-tossing laugh, the same laugh that erupts in a shimmery sort of "head cheerleader" smile. She reminds the introvert that popularity is fun, that one must be open in order to receive the gifts that the Universe gives us, which often includes angels of all types, including coffee shop baristas....

At the moment, the Universe has conspired in my favor in the most unimaginable way. Basically, the story goes that I was set to leave for Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning. Instead, a pristine opportunity to teach at a small, liberal arts college in Upstate New York landed in my lap. The offer was as sudden as the decision to take it, but it's safe to say that I would be a complete fool not to take advantage of this opportunity. Professorships just don't fall from the sky. Ok, maybe in my case they do, but seriously, these sorts of things are pretty special. And rare. In fact, I am absolutely certain that I would never get this job under any other circumstances.

So, at the moment, I'm seizing the day, seizing the moment...simply because I don't feel like there is any other choice. The events of the past several months have been a bolstering lesson in the fact that I am strong enough and smart enough to handle just about anything that comes my way. I can, and I do....and through it all, I keep on smiling and trusting that when I leap, the net will never fail to appear.



FemaleCSGradStudent said...

Congratulations on the job! As you already know, you will be great!

La Margineda said...

Think twice before going into teaching! I didn't, sometime in the last century. I'm still there ... it's just the students that seem to get younger each course.

PS: congrats, anyway. As you know, it's not always easy to find.