Life can be pretty hectic, don’t you agree? Some days my life is traveling at 100 mph and I try and slow down. Some days, I’m not that successful. This past week I had the opportunity to go to New York City for work. Into the city Sunday, home Monday night. As hectic as a NY minute. When I travel for work I try and build in a little time for adventure time. Walking around a city, just taking in and appreciating the vibe. Slowing down.
Sunday afternoon was beautiful. Sunny and just the right temperature. I was walking around a new part of Manhattan that I hadn’t been to before. Keeping an open mind. Finding little parks tucked into neighborhoods- enjoying what some people may never see in their lifetime. Cool. Then I realized I was only a few blocks from the World Trade Center site. I walked over to that sacred place. You can feel something in the air. People were quiet, and for NYC that’s a feat. Somber. Quiet. Yet rebuilding. But I kept reminding myself, I am blessed. I am in the worlds coolest city on a beautiful day and genuinely enjoying it. And finally being able to visit this sacred ground to quietly pay my respects.
Sunday evening I had dinner with my good friend, Keith. Now Keith and I met by chance. We were both fundraisers for a national organization at a national conference and we were standing near one another during an event. That was 4 years ago. I have left that organization but our friendship stayed intact. Emails, phone calls, encouragement. Both of us took the time to stay in contact, taking the time to care and cheering each other on. All over the shared love of cupcakes. We had a lovely meal in a great restaurant in this awesome city. Perfection. Open to the experience. Grateful for the blessings.
Monday I took part in Senator Gillibrand’s “Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit” in a room with 500 powerful women listening to more powerful women all in the name of advancing women in New York State. Pinch me. Very cool to be there.
Moral of the story- I am grateful. I am grateful to be able to do things, see things, experience things that some people never will. I work hard every day and count my blessings and my life is full. I can’t complain, and try really hard not to.
At our dinner Keith was sharing his insight with me. He said, in the grand scheme of life it’s the 98% that matters- family, friends, happiness, health- and the 2% is the crap that annoys us and doesn’t really matter anyways. He’s vowing to focus on the 98% not the 2%. Its the people and experiences that fill the 98% that make life worthwhile.
I’m with Keith. I plan on focusing on that 98%. Being grateful for the blessings in my life, the opportunities that I have and the possibilities that lie ahead. What percentage are you going to choose to focus on? Imagine the impact we all would have if we chose to live in the 98%. Trust me, its nicer here.