On the flight descent into NYC, I longingly looked out the window in the direction of the ghost Twin Towers. My heart always hurts a bit when I see the obvious absence of the great landmarks of NYC. New York has been a favorite city of mine for some time now. I was introduced to it for the first time a few weeks before 9-11, when it was in its splendor.
I remember stepping out of my hotel and hearing the swooshing sounds of bus brakes squealing, taxis honking, and distant noises of commerce blending into a cadence of activity. It is a sound of energy that I still drink in every time I travel to NYC.
New York on Sunday
Every city has a unique personality, things it is known for that no other city can claim. My husband and I had an opportunity to spend a Sunday in NYC recently. As we strolled along streets, I sang to myself the lyrics of Sunday in New York, “New York, on Sunday. Big city taking a nap…” If NYC takes a nap, it is with one eye open.
We walked about four miles that Sunday afternoon, enjoying the sights and smells of the city. We passed stands where nuts were roasting and irresistible hot dogs begged to be eaten. Hawkers on the street corners flaunted carts of imitator handbags and genuine silk ties for $5.
Everyone walked briskly by, always with purpose of destination.
Living Under the Influence of Life
I thought, If a city can have such an influence with its personality, how much more does the uniqueness of individual people ring true. I believe people undervalue themselves in most cases.
Your life influence does not have to be extinguished because of your encounter with breast cancer. Your influence on others is measured through your passion of life.
Albert Schweitzer Knew it Best
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”–Albert Schweitzer
Try living your life under the influence, the influence of positive people. And, invest your life in the lives of others. People will love to see you walk through the door.
Thought for Today:
“The best efforts of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer