So last week I had the privilege of sitting onstage with two incredible Hollywood icons. To my left was Oscar nominated, stately and incredible actor Ned Beatty and to my right was the very first, the original Lois Lane, Miss Noel Neill! It was truly surreal.
But that is just for starters, my weekend began with a bump and got progressively more and more and more bizarre, entertaining, and joyful!
I celebrate humanity through the experiences I have in situations like the following:
So it all began with the truly incredible and overwhelming responses I have been receiving to my latest Mack Event! In a time in my life when I was starting to believe that the numbing of humanity was reaching such great heights I thought people may forget to really smile soon, I post this challenge.
And it’s the most highly responded challenge yet! I have been receiving photographs, mp3s, videos, stories, and poems all about joy and what it means to be joyful for the last month or so. This has been such an incredibly inspiring experience for me, just to see and recognize the intense beauty we are all capable of seeing and appreciating if we just take the time to do so!
I receive all the submissions on my blackberry, so every time I would feel myself begin to sink down into my own skin, a buzz and a beep would lead me to the hope of humanity!
CHOOSE JOY in every moment! Taking the time to sit and experience what this means to each one of you who participated feels like such an honor and I thank you deeply for this experience!
So…the journey…I am scheduled to have a car pick me up at five am as it is a 3 hour drive from where I am currently living to where I was to catch my plane… at six am I thought there may be a bit of a problem.
Turns out the dispatcher had written p.m. instead of a.m. Oops!
So I call my friend who owns a fabulous car service named “Kar Ma” and we jump in her beemer and head down to the airport.
Of course I missed my flight by about twenty minutes and I don’t have my computer! Armed with my Dalai Lama book on How to Find Oneself and my journal I embarked on a day of airport food and introspection. Thrilling… Once on the plane to Memphis, Tennessee I felt as though I could relax. “Memphis to Paducah to Metropolis and then off to bed! No Problem!”
Crash! BANG! SMASH!!!!!
The most beautiful yet terrifying lightening and thunderstorm ever and we happen to be caught directly in the middle of it! Gracefully, we land in Memphis fully intact and I walk to switch planes to get to Paducah and ultimately, Metropolis.
I come around the corner and I see the plane. My plane. The plane that I am meant to fly through a huge electrical storm and an impending tornado on.
It seats 12.
A propeller plane.
Hmmm… that’s comforting.
But dang it! I am going to get to Metropolis and my nice cozy hotel room that night.
So I board the puddle jumper and white knuckle it through the storm. The woman to my right smells of stale whiskey and shared with me that she had just lost her 31 year old son. The tragedy of her broken soul was a beautiful reminder to let the blood flow back into my finger tips and experience the ride as it happens. Its not like the more fear I exhibit the safer I am.
So I put my hands in my lap and listened to her sorrow until we were turned away from landing into Paducah and sent back to Memphis. So….no cozy Metropolis bed for Allison…”That’s ok, I’ll just jump
in the first taxi I see when I disembark and catch some Zs here until a car comes to get me and drive me to Metropolis.”
No such luck, I am standing at the ticketing counter waiting to receive my hotel voucher when a tiny little french woman walks up to ask if anyone speaks french.
Of course none of us do, and of course she speaks no english. I am looking at this woman and I’m exhausted, but there is no way I am leaving her in the middle of Memphis with no phone, family, friends,
or way of communicating.
So I spent the next hour and a half explaining the situation to my new friend, Marie, with the help of a second new friend named Henry that she needs to come with us to a hotel for the evening.
I never knew such a simple phrase could take so long to express! God I need to learn a language.
That being said, we found success and the three of us piled into a cab and drove to the Holiday Inn in the most beautiful lightening show I have ever seen.
It was like the sky was filled with spider webs that only had lights shining on them at very specific moments! Beautiful! By the time I got to my room I had about one hour to shower and change before my car and swarthy chauffeur arrived to take me on a three hour car ride through the mid-west to Metropolis, Home of Superman!
Once arrived, the weekend was beautiful: A street fair of families and friends all getting together to celebrate “Truth Justice and the American Way.” It was a lovely event that felt more welcoming and home-y than any convention I have been to.
I finished the wild forty-eight hours with a delicious dinner at the Olive Garden (love that bottomless salad) and fell into my nice cozy hotel room bed I had been fantasizing about for the last two days.
Ahhh! A job well done and a weekend well lived.
The miracle of us as humans and our capacity to relate and express is something that never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Remember your joy in every moment of life, and always think about the beauty that lies beneath a sky of lightening!
Ciao for now,