My Outreach Program recently took me to a neighborhood where I stumbled upon a lovely birthday celebration, renewing —
Wait, what Outreach Program?
I travel outside my circle of convenience to new or under-visited neighborhoods out of curiosity, to see the world anew and activate new neural pathways.
Was this trek worth the effort?
The urban development has been executed with tasteful restraint. The après-ski style ambiance made the best of our insistence on over-populating the planet. All in all, worth the trip.
A birthday celebration, you say?
The French bistro’s maître d’ took my wrap from my shoulders. To my left sat a couple with gift bags adorning their tabletop. The lady was dressed in a vibrant red skirt suit, her makeup and wispy grey hair styled with care. She raised the utensils slowly and purposefully, to best manage her tremors. Across from her sat a man attentive to her every word. Childhood sweetheart? Nephew? Cousin? Husband? Brother? Care home beau? Hard to say.
Let love save us all
In between decimating our old growth forests, dynamite blasting our seas, shooting our garbage into space, leaving food to rot for rats instead of giving to our hungry, withholding healing for profits, we find our truest selves in love’s beauty.
Yes, it’s still the answer.
Happy Birthday, Baby.
“With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.”
-Ehrmann, Max. “Desiderata.” (43-44), 1927.