I can vividly recall a special day in the fall of 1992 when I walked back to my dorm after class. I had made that walk daily for the weeks since the semester began. For whatever reason, on that particular afternoon, I decided to veer off my normal path. Usually, I turned south just past Murray-Dodge and skirted Brown Hall as I walked toward Wilson and then Butler College. But on that day, I continued west on McCosh Walk past the Art Museum toward Whig and Clio Halls, and then made my way south.
I didn't leap in the air like these two people, but I did get to go to the bach and see the sun set last week while on vacation. I am so grateful to have had those ten days in the sun and warmth of California. Besides the good weather, I am grateful for these things from my trip:
Last Tuesday night was filled with anxiety and dismay. I was a very reluctant Hillary supporter, and knew she was a deeply flawed candidate. But I listened to the pundits and pollsters as well as the outrage over Trump’s numerous atrocities. I was confident going into Election Day that the more experienced and qualified candidate would prevail. And Hillary came out with a strong start to get the early lead. But as Southern states closed their polls, Trump surge ahead. Seeing that red take over the Electoral College map on NBC News filled me with dread.
Like most of you, I am in shock over the results of this week's Presidential Election. I walked around feeling unsettled (and somewhat nauseous) most of Wednesday. Then, I connected with my body through massage. And I connected with my purpose by creating a safe space for my students to practice that evening. Now, I am in sunny California, enjoying a few days of vacation. I'm looking forward to practicing lots of self-care over the next week. I hope you will join me in that effort.
Despite my disappointment with the election results, I still have lots to celebrate this week, including being able to vote in under 20 minutes:
I have slowly been reading Big Magic over the last few months. Written by Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat Pray Love lore, Big Magic is a treatise on how to live as a creative. I appreciate Gilbert’s downhome advice sprinkled throughout the book’s pages. She cautions budding artists from insisting that their art subsidize their living. Gilbert thinks it puts too much pressure on the art. Instead, she advises creatives to find work that enables them to live—and keep adding more beauty to the world.
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.