Today I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, not really sick, just achy and run-down. When I feel like this, I want soup – something hot and comforting and yummy – and the closest place near work to get soup is Chili’s. At lunchtime I got in my car and drove to the restaurant, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to eat inside or just get it to go and bring it back to my office.

The idea of eating in my office just really didn’t appeal to me – sometimes you just gotta get out and look at something different for awhile, ya know? So I figured I would just eat inside the restaurant and have a nice lunch by myself. When I went in though, it was a little chilly and there were several LOUD TALKERS discussing who-knows-what, and I was just not in the mood for it. I wanted to eat somewhere warm and quiet, so I decided that I would just get it to go and be done with it.

I ordered my soup (and salad because some greens also sounded really nourishing) from the to-go counter and as I walked back out to my car with my order in a sack, I knew I did not want to go back to my office. I got back in my car and it was so warm, with the sun streaming in through the windshield, and quiet…

I decided THAT is exactly where I wanted to eat my lunch.

As odd as it sounds, it was perfect. I was eating exactly what I wanted, it was warm, it was quiet…and it was supremely comforting. I sat in Chili’s parking lot, eating Chili’s food, watching the Chili’s parking lot crows hop around looking for stray leftovers…and I loved it. When I finished, I sighed happily and came back to work.

It still amazes me how SATISFYING it can be to take my time and think about exactly what I want, and then make it happen. And it only took me 45 years to figure out how to do it! 🙂