Moment of Peace In NYC – Best of 2009

Today, the topic for the #best09 blog challenge is:

December 8 Moment of peace. An hour or a day or a week of solitude. What was the quality of your breath? The state of your mind? How did you get there?

As a working mom it’s definitely difficult to find those moments of peace. Lately I’ve realized I need to take steps to ensure I get even short moments where I’m not working, thinking about my family or any number of million things that need to get done in a day.

Although I’ve started making sure to do little things like give myself a facial mask every now and then, stretch and breathe before going to bed or even play sudoku to take my mind off things, I still have a long way to go.

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The view from my hotel room in NYC

The one moment though that stands out to me was on my trip to New York in October. One night after having dinner with co-workers I was ridiculously full and decided to go for a walk. I didn’t go too far really, just a few blocks around the hotel. It was a crisp night and it was great to feel the vibe of the city.

As I walked through Times Square (not normally an area of the city I love) where the flash of the lights and the sound of music and other noise is deafening, I ran across this man playing “drums.” In those few minutes as I stood there watching this amazing guy I forgot where I was. His music grabbed me and pulled me in. The craziness around me was gone.

The moment didn’t last long… a few minutes at best. But I had my handly flip video camera with me and had been shooting all sorts of random things that evening. I actually didn’t even realize I was taping (is that even the right thing to say??) him until I went to put money in the hat and remembered!

Walking through the city that night was somehow quite relaxing, and this man playing drums was the icing on the cake. I walked back to the hotel and the wind had picked up. When I got up to my room I realized  I was absolutely freezing, but the smile on my face made me forget all about it.

Oh! And I can’t forget this gem. Although it wasn’t the most relaxing part of my stroll around NYC, it was the most exciting! This is how my walk that night began:

Yea, uh huh. That’s Jude Law! Maybe this is what kicked off the serenity in my walk. :)

I <3 NYC!

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