A few weeks ago, I was in NY and made a visit to the World Trade Center site as I have on every trip to the city since 2002. This trip I was able to go to the museum for the first time and reflect on that tragic day. As I made my way around to the photographs of the three thousand or so individuals who lost their lives, I caught a glimpse of a familiar face. It was face of Richard Pearlman. Suddenly, I couldn’t contain my grief. Standing there looking at that wall, at the picture of Richard, the tears streamed down my face. Although, I did not know him personally, I did know his story.
For most of his life, dad has put the needs of everyone else above his own. My sharing the list of things I know he’s done would embarrass him, but I’m willing to bet the list of things he has taken care of without anyone’s knowledge would be twice as long. In this way, he taught me the principles of servant leadership—quiet service to others to build a more just and caring world.
We can dance if we want to
There are greater powers at work in the world, I think. There are lessons to learn and people to meet to help guide our life journey. I am convinced it takes the Universe time to line up all of the stars—to get everyone ready—for the work we are called to do, often unknowingly, for each other. Until that stage is set, the play cannot begin. This is why life does not always happen on the schedule we plan for ourselves.
Magic set in motion
My “spidey-sense”—the feeling I get when my brain is working overtime to find patterns among the random inputs and connect those seemingly unconnectable dots—began to tingle. It seemed the Universe was up to something. Maybe even something magical. Still, whatever it was planning, I hoped it would wait at least until morning.
Everything’s outta control
I realized I had completely lost control of my day. Normally I would be frustrated with myself for making choices earlier to derail my own plan, but I was not frustrated. In fact, I was very calm for an introvert on his way to a Zoo filled with the untamed energy of 3,000 people.
My mother and I did not always agree.
As a child, I acquiesced as children must, but as an adult, I was prone to speak my mind. Once, at age 19, I chose to be too vocal within my mother’s reach and promptly had my mouth smacked. Stunned, I walked away in silence, not to [...]
When my children were toddlers, they liked to wriggle away from me to hide in the center of a department store clothes rack. They delighted in the game of hide-and-seek and while I frantically searched for them, they quietly enjoyed a little taste of freedom surrounded [...]
When I finished, I had completed 10 ziplines, 2 bridges, 2 rappels, and 3 short hikes. The longest [...]
Today is National Coming Out Day.
Yes, I am coming out. In a manner of speaking.
I am straight person coming out in support of the freedom of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals to love whomever they may chose, and to live life without discrimination and persecution of any kind.
Last Sunday, I had at least one thousand books adorning the shelves of my den. I can’t be sure how many where there because I gave up counting when I hit eight hundred. I don’t know why I started counting the books in the first place, or why eight hundred was the [...]