I feel at peace. I am content with my lot in life. I feel hopeful about my country. In the midst of all the turmoil that surrounds Washington, DC, I am on an island of calm. This amazes--and encourages--me. It is more evidence of the internal transformations that have been taking place. I haven't been rocked by anxiety, but instead keep moving through life with a deep sense of knowing and trusting. I also am able to give thanks for all the blessings in my life, including:
It has been almost eight years since I moved to Washington, DC. I came because I was tired of the crowdedness that is New York City, and wanted to live somewhere more spacious. I also knew I was ready to own a home, and real estate prices in the Tri-State Area were far beyond my budget. Finally, I was looking to satisfy a dream to live in the Nation’s Capital that I had been harboring since I visited my dad as a 13-year-old teen. Inspired by attending President Obama’s Inauguration in the frigid cold, I decided that 2009 was the time to make the move.
Last week, I joined with thousands of Americans in offering my thanks to outgoing President Barack Obama. Our nation was privileged to have a leader full of goodness, discernment, conviction, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and commitment to equal rights for all. As we enter a new era of federal leadership, I will continue my gratitude practice, finding ways each day to be thankful. Here are some of the things I am celebrating from last week:
I am a yoga teacher and life coach. A former elementary school teacher, I also work as an education consultant and school turnaround specialist. I started this blog as a way to share my wellness quest and inspire my students, clients and others. I try hard to leave my politics at the door, and make this a space inclusive of all. However, I am going to break with that tradition today with this very partisan and affectionate love letter to our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama
Over the weekend, I had the chance to see the film, “Hidden Figures.” Based on a recently published book, the film tells the largely unknown story of African American women working for NASA during the 1960s. It focuses on three extraordinary women who played vital roles in the first successful manned orbit around the moon--Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan. In the film, and in real life, these powerful and intelligent women were confident in their abilities and eager to serve their country. Facing racial and gender discrimination, they preserved through very challenging times to make worthy contributions to the space program. I applauded with the rest of the audience at the film’s end and walked away full of gratitude. I am able to have the personal, professional and financial success I enjoy today because of pioneering women such as these.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.