Wednesday, October 24, 2007
"Don’t you want to join us?” I was recently asked by an acquaintance when he ran across me alone after midnight in a coffeehouse that was already almost deserted.
“No, I don’t.”
I discovered this quotation when I was about nineteen years old.
You know, back in those years when you were so cool, so enlightened, so (sometimes) full of youthful angst? And crazily enough, the age when you were enjoying such a frantic, fun-filled social life?
It held a certain appeal for me then – despite the fact you’d never have found me alone in an almost deserted coffee house after midnight.
I think I also liked (and still do) the very definite “no” to the invitation. The man had no fear of flaunting social conventions, no fear of offending with his choice to remain alone.
If you are unable to enjoy the pleasure of your company, how do you expect others to?
I still smile when I read this quotation.