A note from another dating prospect that I swear I didn’t make up:

Hi Nancy!

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful summer day! It is a pleasure to meet you! I am a motivational speaker and I will be starting a book soon myself! Would you like to speak on the phone? It is so much better than typing back and forth.

Create a Luminous Day!

Now, I like the idea of a guy who makes his living motivating others. We have that in common. But truly, I got out of the public relations business when I was in my 20s because I’m not a big fan of the exclamation point.

Anyway, before I even had a chance to respond that I would like to talk on the phone, he closed the connection. Exclamation points AND no patience? OK, Universe, I read you.

Sometimes, though, it takes an outside observation for some illumination. Knowing that I absolutely believe it is within our power to create a luminous day, a friend remarked, “You’re getting closer.”

I’ll take that.