I know this blog is about inspiration, and most inspiration in my life tends to come from the beautiful things. However, some of it does emerge from dark moments, from feeling overtaken by sadness of loss, from wanting to make a change, from the realization of injustice. Today it is one year since Haiti was struck with a most-deadly earthquake, shattering the capital city of Port-Au-Prince and catapulting that small, struggling nation into the minds and hearts of the world. I remember standing in front of the small television in Andrew's living room in Cape Town, seeing those first images of a city in sudden ruins. A country plagued by corruption, poverty, disease and hunger shattering before our eyes. As the death tolls rose, my mind began to reel, realizing the many implications of this disaster, and the years of rebuilding, physical, political, social, psychological and spiritual, that lay ahead.
One year later, I know progress has been made. Dear friends have traveled to Haiti…
"...someone who effortlessly adds more brilliance to your world. someone
you can traverse this life with trusting that at the core of their being
their priority is taking care of your heart. that person will be
enamored with what makes you the only you on this planet. they will
recognize your nobility and will not need to be convinced of your worth.
and when that happens it does feel like you have met your soulmate.
at least, that’s how i feel."
I love this so much. So beautifully said, no? And, I am happy to say, I can relate.
Last weekend we had brunch at the oh-so-trendy The Standard Grill, the lovely restaurant housed on the ground floor of one of the Meatpacking District's most widely acclaimed hotels, The Standard Hotel. A lovely experience overall. The front room, decked out in white paint, subway tiles and winter greenery, has beautiful morning sunlight, and with the light bouncing off the snow outside, it was almost glowing. The back of the restaurant is a leather-clad, sophisticated dining room with a penny-tiled floor - the perfect spot, it seemed, for a cozy yet high-class steak or duck dinner. Overall, the whole place had that feeling - sophisticated and laid back all at the same time.
I simply cannot believe how quickly December flew by and that it is now already the third day of the new year! Despite the cliche of it all, the start of a new year really does bring with it a feeling of rebirth, of starting a new, and I think that is great. I relish in the opportunity to make resolutions, to be able to say, "From this day forward, I am going to do such-and-such and this-or-that to change my life for the better." So, for me, there are only a few this year, but I'm thinking they are going to be pretty awesome.
1. Write more; goal: daily. 2. Worry less - have gratitude for the present, and faith in the future. 3. Get my butt moving - yoga & elliptical, here I come! Happy New Year! Love & Good Wishes to All!