October 21, 2012

writing chapters

Disappointment rushed in so suddenly, it punctured the air as I tried to breathe. A trip I excitedly anticipated was canceled at the doorstep of my departure. This chapter, as it seemed poised to unfold, had a plot twist. And, there was nothing I could do about it.

Actually there was. I surrendered to the moment releasing my image of what ”was supposed to be” and experienced life unfold with new possibilities. 

Friday became a photographer's delight joining a friend touring the modern, conceptual installations of the finest landscape architects at CornerStone Sonoma 
and for a fried green tomato sandwich at the acclaimed Fremont Diner (serious southern food with locally produced ingredients) topped off with cheering my Giants to victory in the evening.

Saturday's breakfast allowed me to catch up with another friend to keep my perspective grounded. The day 
morphed into new artist discoveries at ARTrails including Erika Schmitt, whose aptly named studio Vessels of the Soul features found objects organically assembled into artistic joy. Three of us, paused to connect, forge artistic camaraderie and I came away enriched with 2 new friends and a beautiful necklace. An unexpected message from an east coast friend, visiting the wine country, became lively late afternoon conversation at Jackson's over drinks, continued into Jack & Tony's to appreciate a fine Macallan, admire his exquisite photographs and extended into dinner & laughter as other friends joined us. 

Life doesn't happen TO us. It IS us.

The pen is ours. It's part adventure, part mystery. It is our story, shaped by our choices, our voice, as we transform paragraphs of possibility into authentic joy.

For me, it is new friendships. Renewed ones. New discoveries. New business opportunities. An evolving plot twist. The sweetness of life savored warm on my tongue like a Macallan 18 single malt scotch.

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