in november, i visited chicago for the first time for a couple reasons. one of my main reasons was to participate in the final beckoning of lovely gathering. i arrived alone, knowing no one, completely open (and a bit shy) as to what might unfold.
when amy and the yellow umbrella arrived, cheering ensued and i felt a palpable energy of anticipation. i like to believe that we all were there to feed the inner child in us that believes in the goodness of people and the hope of living a life of whimsy, love, kindness, openness and play.
it turned out to be a very special gathering where we all made a wish, sent "i love you" texts at the same exact time, witnessed a public marriage proposal, sang together, laughed together, and experienced the magic of lovely together. it was particularly special because i received a memorable charm necklace of millenium park and met a bunch of lovely women who i got "merried" to, and i even made a new friend who i ended up spending the rest of the day with!
remembering this event reminds me of a couple things about life:
- when your heart is stirred, piqued, curious...pursue it. show up.
- and wait.
- raise your hand and say, "i'm here." you will get called on to participate.
- smile and say hello.
- be curious always
- let things emerge as they do.
- HAVE FUN!!!!
the lovely ladies that traveled from afar to share the day. merried & bringers of peace.
people got white pillow cases and were asked to draw a cloud on it. i drew my cloud on my arm.
the event ended with everyone singing. the words of this song resonate: we're here because we're here because we're here because we're here... (9:20-9:40 in video below)
this video was made by amy and captures the entire event in 11:11. (i even make a lil cameo appearance at 4:00-4:20)