You've arrived at the time of year when it's perfectly acceptable to step away from the hamster wheel of constant activity and availability -- and actually take time and space for some gentle reflection on the past year (or more!) of your life.
Yesterday, Bruce and I woke up at 5am to help make 55 child-sized hamburgers from scratch and take them (along with stacks of Monopoly games and ceramic piggy banks and boxes of kids' books and piles of pale yellow t-shirts that said "I <3 La Honda" with a picture of a monkey's face where the O should be) an hour up a mountainside to an invasión called La Honda that lacks running water because the Colombian government refuses to acknowledge that it exists.
The goal was to make a few dozen kids with very few resources feel special for a day.
The event was chaotic and exhausting and sweet, and culminated in a small group of 4-and-5-year-olds showing us what it means to dance.
Barreling back down the 20% grade on a public bus that scraped by other trucks and motos with millimeters to spare, I sat gazing out the window at face after face after face after face...
Thinking about how beautiful and adaptable humans are, and how many different ways there are to live your life in this world.
Thinking about how, even IF you woke up alone and destitute tomorrow, you would probably take a day to feel sorry for yourself, and then you'd stand up and look around and paint a sign and start making empanadas, and soon enough you'd become the lady who sells the empanadas on the corner, and you'd come to have a routine and friends that stop by each day for a snack and a visit, and over time you'd become part of a community that has weddings and funerals and triumphs and squabbles just like everywhere else in the world.
Because humans are the most resilient, resourceful, and creative creatures on Earth.
... And that includes YOU.
Hopefully, you will never have to wake up alone and destitute in order to become familiar with the immense creative capacity that you, as a human being, have at your disposal.
Hopefully, you've had at least fleeting glimpses of this phenomenon at work in your own life.
But what would change, if you embraced this power as a simple fact of who you truly are?
What if you looked back on the evidence -- at all the times you rose to whatever the occasion demanded -- and not only acknowledged this pattern of constant adaptability and creativity and reinvention that is the birthright of all human beings...
But then also decided -- to never UN-SEE it again?