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,
Allison

Add yours Comments – 78

  • hatie123

    on July 2, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Wow, it’s amazing how one feels when they stop and enjoy the simple things like lightning. It’s so powerful, yet so beautiful. I think people get so busy that they forget about the wonderful things that this earth has to offer. Then to top it all off, that french lady was so lucky to meet a wonderful person like you. I try to help one person at least once a day. To me I love to make people smile and help them realize that there are still people out there that care.

  • marilyne

    on July 2, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Hey!

    Wow!, that is not a normal way to do it! hihi, but as I am presently traveling too, by car, from Quebec to San Diego to Vancouver then back home, it never happens the way it was planned!:p

    If ever, Tabby asks you to sign a photo shot for a certain Olivier saying something like ” Happy Birthday Olivier” then its for me! Thanks in advance and if ever you need French lessons, here I am! hehe

    Merci!;P

  • Rafaella

    on July 3, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Allison, you’re fantastic! And you make the difference in the World, I think you have a shine soul and the talent to make people happy.
    Kisses,
    a big fan from Brazil

  • Rafael

    on July 3, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    What a journey! I’m glad you can find joy and happiness in such unique moments, reading your blog really makes me feel better, thanks for sharing these precious thoughts.

    Hugs and Kisses,

    Rafael from Brazil

  • Milka from Brazil

    on July 3, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Well,

    Actually I do speak french and I have a little french cousin called Marie, she´s nine , really cute!!!!!!!!!

    I agree with you, we all need to learn other lenguages, cammunicating with people from different countries is awsome, specially speaking their lenguages to feel what they really mean!!!!!

    I speak already portuguese, of course, english, french, a little bit of spanish and I’m considering to learn italian.
    Learning lenguages to me is very funny!!!!!!!
    bye

  • Medina

    on July 5, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Truth and Justice
    a great idea
    two strong words

    peace

    your fan from Amazon

  • VANESSA

    on July 5, 2008 at 5:58 am

    You truly are an inspiration Allison! Life is a big chain of events and we must find the joy in everything that we do and everythign around us. I can relate with a lot of what you are saying in your blogs. It’s nice to know that we are not alone with our thoughts, as low as they can be at times. Everything time I feel down and in search of something to break me of my slump or my next inspiration, it is safe to assume that I can log into your blog and get that fix. The “inspiration” fix. The “I am not alone in this world with these thoughts nd questions and fears” fix. Thanks for this Blog Allison, I find Joy in everything thought you share with us.
    Stay Amazing,

    V from FL

  • David Harvey

    on July 5, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Allison,

    It sounds like you had quite the adventure to Metropolis!!! Kudos to you for taking obsticales in your journey, and turning them into positive memorable events.

    This 4th of July, the local fireworks program was cancelled because of weather. I did catch the fireworks program on television that was put on in Boston. However, the storm we had here reminded me very much of the storm you described in your trip. The lightning show here was superb, and it was night turned to day during those amazing flashes. I have always loved thunderstorms, and although the scheduled fireworks for the evening were cancelled – mothernature put on a beautiful show of her own.

    Kind Regards,
    David Harvey
    Morrisviie, NC

  • Luanda Mensil

    on July 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Olá Alison

    Bom eu não falo nada de Ingles, mas gostaria de dizer que amo seu trabalhos. Todos ele é claro kkkkkk
    E que sempre estarei te assistindo.
    bjos
    Brasil

  • Daniela

    on July 6, 2008 at 11:21 am

    You´re right. You should enjoy ever moment of your life that you and your friends / family re healthy. That´s the most important thing. If you have this luck you can do everything, and that´s a reason for joy!

  • kadosho

    on July 6, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    That is definitely quite a trip tale to tell. Especially the weather situation, it must have been a juggling act. Thankfully arriving safe & sound, and getting to enjoy an event with others. (and meeting new faces in the meantime)

    Definitely can agree about that one ladies story (regarding the loss of her son). Its troubling times we live in, and hearing stories of someone’s life hitting a down turn is really tough to take. And all we can say is “I’m sorry for your loss”, but in an honest & kind manner. From a few trips I’ve taken there is that one person that touches you the most, even just by their emotion, and the only way they feel free is by going somewhere else. Hopefully they found themselves in a better state of mind.

  • jodi h

    on July 7, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Hey Allison,
    Hell of a ride!!! my son and i are so glad you made it an my daughter too even though she wasnt able to meet you like we did..by the way she loved your boots!!! 11yr olds they’re all about fashion ya know. you have to love the puddle jumpers thats what you get in southern ill i rode one back from a paintball tournament 8 yrs ago and it hit a storm and dropped about 1000 ft i swear we only survived because of the 4 nuns aboard with us…lol anyway your the bomb(which is awesome in my book).you were really sweet to those people. Any time you feel the need for the olive garden an a lightning show you have an open invite to stay at our house we will meet you at the airport and you will never be alone email me sometime .

    life is what you make it!!!enjoy it to the fullest (which it sounds like you did )
    thank you allison for being you & laugh loud baby
    Jodi H

  • Marilyne Leblanc

    on July 7, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Allison!

    Welcome back in Vancouver!

    P.S Could you please tell your friend Kristin that she should not be shy to meet a Quebec girl! 😛

    Take care!

    xoxo

  • Scott123

    on July 7, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Dearest Allison,

    This is why I come here. There is a great symbiosis going on. You say we pick you up when you are feeling a little low. Well, you do the same. Not just for me, but for anyone who stops by this site! I am going to elaborate.
    I got another rejection letter from another studio. So as an amateur screenwriter, I properly cursed hollywood, threw a tantrum, and set fire to the letter. It was then that I realized the contact information was on the letter! Needless to say, I have been a real Mr. Gloomy the last week or so.
    So today, I stopped by your site and read about your trip. The short of it is, you made my day when I needed my day made! Thank You Sweetie, I really needed that.
    Being from Illinois, I wanted to let you know, we call those storms “The End of the World”, because, well, that’s what they look like! It’s an amazing thing to see lightning start in the east and spread all the way to the west. Then the thunder! It really does roll, and roll..
    I am sorry to have missed you at the festival. I couldn’t make it. But I have been to Metropolis and the folks there really are golden. Maybe in future.
    It warms the heart to know someone like you is in the world.
    So here is a little joy back at ya! 🙂 🙂

    Thank You
    Nudginawink
    Scott123

  • Vanessa

    on July 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Allison,

    I love reading your blog! Thanks fro always keeping your fans in the loop. I made a Slideshow for you with pictures from the Smallville set (from your website album).

    If you like it, feel free to post it on your site!

    http://www.slide.com/arrange?pxcid=0UjMh-TcrtJ-QHqDzUcyMbyo8MbatbHV1C4pTWI5UUK4INV_5Hd2jo6q0CUvRDLS

    Take care!

  • SmallvilleRulz

    on July 8, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    sounds like u had a joyful weekend lol

  • Lunereth

    on July 9, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Hi Allison,

    You think about to learn french ?

    Bye

    Chris

  • Serenity

    on July 10, 2008 at 9:02 am

    “There´s no greater joy in life, than to have everything go wrong and to keep looking up…”

    There are no bad or good experiences, they´re just that, experiences, and if you accept it as such and become vurnerable to every moment, you will enjoy life at it´s fullest. I think you of all people will understand what i´m saying :).

    great trip

  • ziggyfly

    on July 10, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    hey allison.. wow sounds like an adventure with what happened lol. i probobly would have been jumping to much with the thunder that i would have made a hole in the roof in the car lol i live in the country so u can imagain how much i jump when ever we get storms haha.. but it sounds like u did have a happy ending so glad it went good 4 u 🙂 take care allison

    Gilles :):)

  • Yellowhana

    on July 12, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Hummmmmmmmmmmm

    It seam that you have an exited week and it was verry nice from you to help the woman who speck only frensh!! Elle avait de la chance de se faire aider par une si gentille personne que vous. Anyway you action rock!!!
    keep smiling/garder le sourire/un sourire merveilleux est comme un rayon de soleil!!!!

    From Canada

  • Julis Sujai

    on July 12, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Great post! I especially found it useful where you stated.

  • Paulyn

    on July 13, 2008 at 2:58 am

    I think I’m a lot more tired than I thought I was. I tried reading through this, but all I could think while reading was “lightning is pretty” =p

  • Sabrina

    on July 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Allison,
    How crazy is your story…This was my first trip to Metropolis Il, to go to my first superman celebration for my first meet with you. I’ve met Michael 4 times already but this was going to be Allison Mack….freakin Chloe..so I had high expectations..see I live in San Jose, CA, my friend from high school now lives in Franklin, TN, I haven’t seen him in 12 years and we found each other on myspace and it was meant to be that he’d go with me to see you! I fly my very first east coast trip, a redeye, I had no sleep!!! We were suppose to travel to Metropolis that Friday evening but no he changed my plans for this new girl he was seeing.Yes I’ve traveled by myself to Vancouver for the last 2 years to find all the Smallville locations…my friend said well then you can drive by yourself to Metropolis, and I freaked out a little because I’m all about planning, I mean I already had a hotel ready for me there, and you want me to freakin travel by myself ..no I don’t think so ..so we wake up bright and early to see you. we too had lighting and thunder that Friday night, I was sooo scared, I’m like um is this gonna be like the tornado like in Smallville, season 1 hahaha. So we leave Tennesse at 5am, and arrive in Superman land at 8…stand in line and now tickets are all gone..whats a girl to do, it was so unorganized…my heart has shattered…but thank god my friend name got chosen in the drawing and I got to meet you! I was speechless when I met you…I videoed you (can find it on youtube) and treasure the moment you said my name…haha You are an awesome person and I know you will do great in everything you do, Thank you for being you!

  • Margroks

    on July 17, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Welcome to the Midwest! You were trying to get to Metropolis during the worst round of storms and flooding we’ve had in years. Had it not been for the storms and flooding we might have been able to come to Metropolis this year and I’ve always wanted to go there. But it was not to be. Glad you arrived safe and sound after the plane ride during the storm and you were so kind to take a stranger under your wing.

  • Kevin

    on July 20, 2008 at 7:46 am

    I had the pleasure of being Allison’s Host during her visit (Swarthy Chauffeur) and must pass along she was a great guest ! I hope future Celebs are half as sweet as she was .

  • christa link

    on July 22, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    hi allison. i watch smallville every week. even the reruns. i hope that you decide to renew your contract with smallville, you are my favorite character on the show. i know all about being sad and lonely.i didnt become truly happy until i reached my 30’s. i finally got married and had a child.i always felt depressed i just found out it was because my parents were. i am on antidepresents and i feel a lot better. watching you on tv also helps because i like the character chloe that you play on smallville.your character is the person i always wanted to be,the way your character dresses and isnt afraid to speak her mind. i would also like to see your new movie when its done. so thankyou for being my favorite actor. i look forward to seeing you next season on smallville.

  • Kenny Richardson

    on August 12, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Allison,
    I had the privelage of meeting you at Metropolis this year and all I can say is that you made this one of the best events ever. You are very pretty and very nice. If I had to choose who I would invite to Metropolis you would win hands down. Thanks again for being such a nice person and for autographing the 2 newspapers for me and my best friend Tommy Keene. You made Tommy very happy. Thanks again and take care and Be safe and always have fun with what you do.

  • Ashley

    on January 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Wow. I’m glad you’re okay! Thanks for sharing your story.

    “I never knew such a simple phrase could take so long to express! God I need to learn a language.”

    LOL!! Yea, I know what you mean. Well, I’m taking a French course, so let me know if you want to know a specific sentence. But it seems like you did fine. You always find a way.
    🙂