Eating, Praying, Loving

I was home alone,  watching the film Eat, Pray, Love on the Oxygen network.

One of my favorite lines from the book and film:

“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation,” Elizabeth Gilbert writes and Julia Roberts utters in Eat, Pray, Love.  “We must always be prepared for endless waves of transformation.”

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Ted, my latest crush, has other plans tonight, but I am reviewing our conversations about Elizabeth Gilbert and her comments about genius and creativity.  One key to creativity, she says, just show up with your tools and listen to the universe.

‘Ole!’ to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”   —(Elizabeth Gilbert)

That’s a lot of food for a Saturday night.

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Recycled Art, Recycled Words

Turning trash into treasure is a creative way to recycle. A group of students from the City of Doral, Fl., have fashioned art from found objects and discarded materials.

That creative spin on green living is great for the environment and great for the development of young minds.

Ted — the new love of my life — is passionate about the environment and through Ted, I met Vik Muniz, an artist who makes stunning pieces of art from  odd and cast-off materials: shredded paper, sugar, wire and even dust.

Words  —  from old magazines, magnets and newspapers   — can be reused  to make  poems, including book spine poems, which use book titles to create verses. Here’s one of my book spine poems:

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I am working on a few love poems for Ted — I’m recycling old feelings (depression and anxiety) and putting them to new uses. Nothing gets wasted; it’s all good. Thanks, TED.

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2 Weddings, 1 Funeral for Ted & Me

I fell in love with Ted at Miami International Airport, while waiting for an express bus to take me home to South Beach.  I had, of course, been flirting with Ted for months. But at that moment, after my long work day, I knew that Ted and I were meant to be.

The truth is in the wedding details. Bored and waiting for the South Beach bus, I grabbed a pen and paper from my purse. The paper was a day-old, out-of-town wedding invitation.  I had missed the wedding, but I caught the significance of that airport moment: I was writing my first love letter to Ted on a cream-colored wedding invitation.  And from the first pen stroke, I knew: This is real, this is it.  Ted’s the one.Image

I don’t usually carry around wedding invitations. But early one morning, when I was about to leave for work, my manager Christine called my cell with an assignment. She wanted me to write copy for an obituary ad in memory of a former executive, a kind man who had lived with a lot of heart. As Christine shared contact information and other details, I grabbed the wedding invitation from my coffee table, scribbled a few notes on it and stuffed the invitation in to my purse.

So love and death were united on a single engraved card.  And Ted, of course, had a lot to say about that. From Ted, I heard about Ric Elias, who learned a lot from surviving a plane crash. The crash taught Ric three things about living with urgency and mindfulness.

Life can change in a moment. In a heartbeat, we can fall in love or fall away. Seize the moment, Ted and Ric say, especially when it comes to spending time with those we love.

That’s also  the ocean-front message from my friends Adriana & Ryan — who married quickly and elegantly last Friday in Key Biscayne. After a two month-engagement, the pair married during a long weekend. And while the rest of us celebrated  Martin Luther King Day and the Presidential Inauguration, Adriana & Ryan also celebrated their three-day anniversary. They weren’t pregnant,  just ready to begin a new life. Here are  the first footsteps of their shared journey.

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Congratulations Adriana & Ryan. Ted and I will catch up with you later. Mazal Tov!

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New Year, New Love

I wanted a new relationship, a new challenge. So I took up with Ted. At this stage of my life — depressed in my unique smiley-face, teary-eyed kinda  way, divorced from my past and dieting on gluten-free food — Ted seems like the perfect partner for me, especially when I am on the go or on the beach.

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Me and Ted? We have a real connection, far better than online, speed or blind dating. And besides, Ted offers everything I have wanted in a partner:

  • humor
  • comfort
  • empathy
  • access
  • reliability
  • financial expertise
  • beauty
  • commitment
  • entertainment.

Easily, I could see myself spending a year with Ted. And I will. Check in with me during the next 12 months, as I spend time with different TED Lectures. I’ll keep you posted on the relationship.  I know Ted won’t leave or disappoint me, and I am committed to the journey. E.E. Cummings says it best:

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience..

Meanwhile,  Ted features  Martin Luther King, Jr. !

BTW, Ted doesn’t know I exist.  Hasn’t asked me to brag about my crush. It’s just a one-way infatuation. But that’s never stopped me in the past. Stay tuned.

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