Monday, November 03, 2008

To Lift the Spirits

This weekend we were surrounded by friends and family, sharing Halloween over a hearth here in Manhattan, then traveling to PA to share love and hugs with my in-laws, mourning the loss of Billy Koch, an uncle-brother-father-husband-grandfather... a character straight out of Characterville.(pictured: Mary and Billy Koch)

As we drove through the Autumn leaves of PA, engulfed in fiery golden hues, Robbie and I filled the car with music and found ourselves lifting our spirits by lifting our voices in song. Music can definitely heal the spirit!

Sunday I watched the NY City Marathon while working out at the gym. I've been to the race before and its incredible, but there was something amazing about doing my own workout while watching the first 3 women to win the race, all of us pressing on, moving towards our goals...

It was really cool to see Kara Goucher from Queens clock the fastest time for an American ever, finishing 3rd in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 53 seconds. Her story was amazing! And actually, I have to give kudos to all the women and men who simply ran the marathon. That is a major feat!

This is such an incredibly historic time. With the election tomorrow, I wanted to share this piece with you from Maya Angelou. May it serve as inspiration!

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. You will be changed, events will change you, but you have to decide not to be reduced....You have to continue to prepare yourself, continue to build yourself, continue to elevate yourself and be a benefit, be a blessing rather than a curse, and things will get better.

"You need to know that you can go somewhere. You're not just like grass growing on the street. You're like trees, you have roots, and they've done wonderful things, and you need to know that, and by knowing that, you see how outfitted you are for these times. And that you really owe it to those who went before so that you can add to them for those who are yet to come.

"You need to know that you are in a continuum, and if you understand that, you realize that you are worthwhile." - Maya Angelou

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