I hope this finds you having a wonderful start to your holiday season!
Last weekend was a wild ride, Julia and I had 7 gigs in 3 days. One of the beautiful things about the work we do is the people we meet.
On Saturday, we had a pre-show dinner next to Richard Zayback, who had been an optometrist, until he had a stroke that left no sensation on the left side of his body. Eight years ago, he lost his wife and yet the gentleman who sat next to us had a real smile and earnest glow. He said that life gives you blows but it is all about what you do with yourself after that. He had lobbied in Washington on behalf of the disabled. He is helping a young man now start a business to help post-high school students with disabilities have full productive lives. He told us a story of a little girl who was a patient of his when he was still an optometrist. She told him she was going to be just like him when she grew up. She told him the same thing the next year and he told her he was going to put her to work. With her parent’s permission, he had her showing young patients how to put in their contacts in and helping around the office to see if she would like it. She not only became an optometrist, but when he had the stroke, she purchased the business from him. Now her folks invite him to every holiday and gathering, considering him to be a part of the family.
Yesterday, we had a photo session down on the Wissahickon river. Our photographer, Nathan Joseph Dodson was one of those people you feel fortunate to have met, like Richard Zayback. Nathan was home schooled, the second of eight children. When he was 12, he traded stocks on line. His mom gave him and his brother $400 to start with. They made $23,000. He got bored and sold antique books on line. He was a professional gymnast. He was offered a scholarship to Harvard and turned it down. At 18, he became a self taught photographer. At 19, he was at an international photography symposium with groups like Sports Illustrated. His class was one of the most attended, despite the fact that he was improvising. Now, he is sent around the globe to talk at colleges and conventions about photography.
He has just invested in a medical facility just before it won a Nobel Prize. He has 2 percent invested in a baseball team that is being sold. He has this great air of confidence without arrogance. We got the feeling he could make 20 million dollars and still would choose to continue to be a photographer, because he loves it. He was so positive with us, so into the process itself. He put us at our ease and made us aware of the moment, of the light of being able to capture something we were all sharing and would get to share with others.
There are so many amazing people around us all the time and when we meet folks who are so committed to utilizing what they have, it makes us pull back and recognize the rarified air we are breathing, the capacity we have for expanding our lives.
So here is to the light, to the freedom we have to be ourselves as we choose and the heroes that help us along the way!
If there is something that is bothering you, put your breath into the thought behind it. We are all perfectly imperfect. We partner up with various individuals to allow them to shine a light into our imperfections and we do the same for them. This can be gentle or harsh but we are helping each other towards becoming whole. Wholeness isn’t perfection but understanding we do not ever fully know while being with our Selves fully; aware of where we segue into each other, holding the space in between as delightful illusion. Who we are is emptying into the unseen which is filling us up simultaneously.