I made a new friend.
Instead of just running my usual short jogging route, I went the extra few meters to my favourite local forest. I haven’t been there in months, yet it felt just as welcoming as it always did. He stood there between the other trees, watching me silently with his four or five eyes, maybe more. Our exchange was brief but heartfelt, he shared his calmness and peace with me, I let him feel the warmth of my body and smoothness of my cheek.
A hug for goodbye, and I was on my way again – sometimes it does not take long to feel connected to another being of this world.