Surprisingly enough, the iconic sites of NYC still amaze me. I find that it’s important to stop and [insert sense here]. Sure, we always think about stopping and smelling the roses, but for me it’s usually visual. On a recent car ride with some friends and their 8-year old son, I tapped him and pointed out the window to the Statue of Liberty. He looked up quickly, and just as fast, went back to reading his book. I was so surprised. How could he possibility be uninterested?
The bigger question may be when do we become desensitized to things around us? I guess we choose where to give our attention, and what to avoid. That could be said about things difficult to witness – homelessness, disease, racism, anti-semitism. Honestly, it’s easier to avoid than do something about them. Perhaps that’s what this year will bring – to stop and LOOK, LISTEN, SMELL, TASTE & TOUCH – and then use my privilege and means to help those that need it.
In the meantime, I will embrace my sense of WONDER and BEAUTY and stop and look at The Vessel when I’m in Hudson Yards like I did today, or walk over The Bow Bridge in Central Park when I’m there for a wedding on Saturday. Taking a moment to stop is all about reflection as well. So, here are my weekly lists. Feel free to comment or question, or better yet, add your own!
1. Catering leftovers
2. Students in my yoga & mediation classes
3. Options for watching TV online
4. Coffee & red wine
5. My hot water bottle
1. More business connections
2. A new counseling booking today
3. Being more selective to what I share and with who
4. Completing my DIY shelf project for the kitchen – now they just need to be hung
5. Moving my office out of my bedroom, and having a workable living room
1. For Maxie to stop screaming at me. It’s been ridiculous the last 2 days
2. To find a home for all of my belongings – even if it’s just temporary
3. To plan a larger warming of my new home
4. To drink more water
5. To be COMPLETELY done with my renovation and get a sign-off from the city (you will see this one again!)