W42ST Daily — 9/14/2020
On Saturday, relishing the almost fall weather (yay!), I pulled on a jacket I hadn’t worn in months. It felt comforting – emotionally as well as physically; a sign that time is moving on regardless, and all we can do is move with it.
Putting my hands in the pocket, I pulled out a vaguely familiar, folded piece of paper. Opening it, I read these words in capital letters: “CHANGE HAPPENS DRIP BY DRIP.”
Mining my memory, I recalled a day of networking with a group of creator goddess warrior queens (™ Liz Kimball) back when we did those kind of beautiful things together. The final exercise was to write a message you’d want to hear for yourself on a piece of paper, then fold it, and hand it to someone else in the group.
Honestly, at the time, it didn’t mean that much to me. (I really wanted the message I’d written for myself, dammit!) But opening it this weekend, it had a powerful, almost psychic resonance.
As we face fall with more questions than answers – about our lives, work, health, emotional wellbeing, and our country – it’s natural to want to have all our ducks in a row. We want to be in control of our uncertain future; to carve out certainty where often there is none. I know I do.
But, as I face my own, personal challenges, I’m finding that the future is more like a jigsaw puzzle. Pieces fall into place bit by bit … one, followed by another, and another. I can’t see the full picture yet, but some corners are taking shape.
Friends, if you’re facing uncertainty right now (and, frankly, who TF isn’t?), take this message as your own. It’s going to be OK.
My friend, brilliant actor, funny human (and W42ST contributor) Cristina Doikos has just finished a short quarantine mockumentary about some of the absurd laws in the US. In case you don’t pick up on it, there’s a timely message at the end.
WHAT WE’RE READING
Another angle to the outdoor dining dilemma.
Having fun in a newly renovated Hell’s Kitchen playground.
A stark picture of the increasing dangers on our roads.
Have your say on future artworks on The High Line.
Jerry Seinfeld and Senator Schumer have joined forces to fight the corner for live entertainment venues.