Eckhart, The Two Bobs, and a Toast for New Year’s Eve

It’s almost dawn. I hear the wind, see the occasional flicker of headlights.

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I’m still, no more is needed right now. But the rhythm of the day ahead will be whatever I choose to make it.

There’s time for Everything. And never enough time for Everything.

 

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Elizabeth Gilbert went searching for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia. She siphoned her savings to downward dog in Bali.

 

 

I’m finding my enlightenment closer to home, listening to the intimate and hypnotic voice of Eckhart Tolle enthuse about inner peace and greater fulfillment in life.

 

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It’s a Robert-Frosty morning, made for cultivating wonder, a brilliant jewel of a moment. Sun’s up and birds at the feeder look like they’ve got a game of five-card stud going.

All my dithering at the window is not a waste of time.  Far from it. The reflective Mr. Robert Zimmerman confirms this.

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It’s not dark yet / But iiiit’s gettin’ there.

The best is not yet to come.  It’s Here. It’s Now. The Present Moment is all we’ve got.  So, go on, dither.

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I plan to do just that.  This New Year’s Eve, toast along with me.

May it always be like this, and maybe sometimes even better.

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Toni 12/30/16

Want to toast in Italian? Of course you do.  Sempre cosi e qualche volte più meglio.

Links to Eckhart and The Two Bobs:

Eckhart Tolle

Robert Frost

Bob Dylan

It’s Gonna Be OKAY

God bless us, every one.

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No matter what you’ve been through, no matter if you think you’re falling apart, it’s gonna be okay.

The Piano Guys started making music videos together for fun and their “hobby” turned into a worldwide phenomenon when their self-made YouTube videos amassed millions of views. I saw them at Tanglewood last summer.  They are ingeniously inventive. And brilliant. A cut above perfect, truly.

 

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Their song, It’s Gonna Be OKAY, came out to great fanfare, and for good reason. Here’s the story behind the tune~

We’ve all had that phone call. That email or that message. That conversation.

Bad news.

We’re all struggling with something – a debilitating weakness or illness. Or someone we love is barely holding on.

We watch the news. We see the tweets, the Facebook posts…the YouTube comments!

We hear about hate, terror, and despair. But just because what sells, what goes “viral,” or what gets attention may try to drown out the good in the world, it doesn’t mean that goodness is gone. Just because choruses of controversy and scandal shout louder than quiet symphonies of service, it doesn’t change the fact that, inside, most of us still genuinely want happiness — not only for ourselves, but also for our family, our friends, and our fellow human beings.

Media can make the world look bleak. They’ve given themselves this job description, in part because there’s a darker side on the surface of human nature that feeds on fear and cynicism. But deep down, we are beings of light. And in the end, since darkness is merely the absence of light, light will inevitably overcome dark.

This is the essence of hope. And the essence of this song. “No matter what you’ve been through, no matter if you think you’re falling apart, it’s gonna be okay.”

Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But we believe that someday, somehow, all things will be made right. 

In the meantime, there are so many more things to hope for and to work at while we yearn for the outcome we want so badly – more gratitude for what we have, more love for those we’ve taken for granted, more faith in ourselves and those we hold dear.

We felt like the best way to spread the message of this song was to supplement our standard classically-influenced instrumental niche with a more pop-driven tune featuring Al’s superb vocal skills.

A mashup of musical talent with killer singing chops, the Piano Guys kick start my spirit.

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Anyway, have a listen. And when you’re having a rough week, or there never seems to be a let up of mind-mauling news, think of this song. It’s gonna be okay.

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Even though it’s not quite Thanksgiving, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

For just one more day, my kitschy countertop squash and pinecone turkey can hog the limelight.

 

Spoiler alert:  The Christmas creep is real.  Twinkly stars, plastic Santas, canned carols, garlands and wreaths, sales, sales, sales. They’re everywhere, nudging, prodding, poking, elbowing their way in.

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When, exactly, did Santa turn corporate? When did Christmas become the holiday shopping season?

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Like fruitcake, the outcry ‘Christmas comes earlier every year’ is now tradition. As predictable as that is, it still surprises me.

I ‘m not ready for a million gazillion emails from retail giants that pester me to hurry! hurry! shop now! this deal ends today!

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Except for the ones from the John Lewis Partnership. They sell, well, everything. And with smashing success.  JLP is the bees knees, likely because it’s employee-owned. All 88,900 permanent staff are Partners who own 48 John Lewis shops across the UK, 350 Waitrose supermarkets, an online and catalogue business, a production unit, and, yes, even a farm. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn and all partners share in the benefits and profits.

Here’s last year’s ad from Britain’s favorite favourite retailer. So luvvly-jubbly.

This year? It’ll have you jumping for joy.

Yes, the Christmas season officially begins on Friday.  
But first…
Hope your Thanksgiving is absolutely scrummy!

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Toni 11/23/16

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