You are currently browsing the monthly archive for May 2011.

I have a lot of wants in life.  Particularly at this moment.

  • I want to sleep in late, until I awake feeling rested.
  • I want – I long for – three days with nothing scheduled and no commitments.
  • I want long stretches of time to wander through my beloved home city.
  • I want to spend an afternoon on the couch indulgently reading a book.
  • I want to cool off on a hot, humid afternoon with a Hazelnut Frappuccino.  Who knew you could customize the drink with any flavor you want?
  • I want to hang out in the park on the cool, dewy grass until the breeze tells me it’s time to go home.
And I intend to spend the long weekend indulging in every single one of my wants.
Happy Memorial Day – welcome to summer!!

Today marks the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show.  The show has been such a staple of life for the past 25 years that it is difficult to describe how meaningful it has been to me.  I can truly say that she has often made me look at life in a different way, the very meaning of the “a-ha moment”.

One of my favorite Oprah lessons was something she said at the end of this season’s Ultimate Favorite Things extravaganza.

Although the stuff is really fun, it…is about hope.  It’s about knowing that something really magical and joyful and wonderful can happen to you when you least expect it.

Oprah taught me to believe that living your best life is possible for anyone, including me.  And, though you may have a dream for yourself, sometimes the universe has a bigger dream for you.

She is one of my favorite things.

Chaos has cluttered life recently, which seems to have settled in at a galactically hectic pace.  Too much to do, too much to be, too many things to see.

It’s been challenging to find my center or a space of calm.

Added to the chaos is the fact that New York City has turned into the rainforest.  It has rained for days on end.   And not sweet spring showers, but monsoon-like, depressing storms with dark, threatening clouds.

But, breaking through the chaos clutter are small but significant moments of grace.  The moments that transform you into another realm.

Today I decided to take a break from my lengthy to-do list and have a day dedicated to me.  It was the kind of slower paced day that restores the soul.  Brunch, followed by a long walk through the city, led me to my couch and a rare late afternoon nap.   I awakened and looked out the window to see a gentle rain, falling softly and soundlessly.  The sky was not dark and threatening, but bright and partly blue.  It was the kind of blue that makes you feel hopeful.  It lulled me into calmness, and, finally, I could exhale.

Of course today’s grace was followed by the most delicious falafel sandwich ever, but I digress.   (Though, it really did rock my world.)

Transformative moments can catch you by surprise.  Simply let them envelope you.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: