Today’s WOW is less about excitement and more about quiet awe.
As you may know, Ashlinn and I recently moved to Rome, Italy, and have spent the last week exploring our new home. One day, Ashlinn suggested we try to find some coffee for our French Press and we happened to walk by the Vatican on our journey. Curious to see if anything was open despite the restrictions, we ended up spending over an hour almost completely alone inside of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Although I’ve visited some incredible structures all around the world I was not prepared for the depth of awe this magnificent feat of sacred architecture would effect. At the same time, I was humbled that it was the horrible circumstances of a pandemic that enabled us to have this transcendent experience.
I will choose to simply be grateful for the opportunity we had that day, and continue to hope that the situation for our global family continues to improve.
I must say that despite my plea for 2021 to be a blissfully boring year, it seems not to have listened!
Despite attempted takeovers of our capitol, a continuing health crisis, and current unprecedented stock market fluctuations, I still find many things for which I remain thankful. One of them is an eternal gratitude for my friends and peers in the voice acting community.
I recently rebooted the group I run for professional voice actors and I couldn’t be happier to have weekly connection with my VO fam! We warm up together, we discuss the professional landscape, we strengthen each other’s resolve in our personal lives. Since this year looks like it will continue on with 2020’s isolation, I simply could not feel more gratitude and appreciation for this network.
I’d like to challenge you today to think about the people in your life, however physically distant, and remind them of how much they mean to you. There are many still suffering in isolation and silence: recently the New York Times published this piece about the devastating effects of Covid-induced loneliness and how to combat it.
Who are three people you haven’t reached out to in a while whose day you might brighten with a call or a text in the next couple of days?
I leave you with a little moment of pure delight we experienced yesterday! Ash and I both had been feeling some pangs of homesickness (yes, it is absolutely possible to miss Nashville even when you’re living in the most beautiful city in the world… can someone overnight us some hot chicken, please?!) when suddenly, out on our daily walk, we came across this magnificent busker playing some tunes straight from home! So here you go– a little bit of Music City in Rome, with a cameo of me at the end!
Speak to you soon,