Just a thought... In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. [Albert Schweitzer]
What a day, what a day. I'm writing to you between shows: we had a 2 pm performance of our Reclaiming Joy program at Markham Theatre yesterday. It went so well and I am so grateful.
This is me before the show and during rehearsal - feeling very zen and ready to go.
How could I feel anything but comfortable and at home among so many friends and a truly welcoming audience? The 2 pm show - an afterthought that sold another 200 tickets for Markham Stouffville Hospital - was well attended and my former radio partner Mike Cooper and I were delighted to talk, to laugh, to cry a little and to answer questions from the audience.
We even had a little dance during the playing of Lauren's version of "Dream a Little Dream of Me" that closed the afternoon. Then we entered the audience to see people out and hug them on the way.
All in all (and I can't say how last night's event with Bev Thomson went, but I will here tomorrow) it was terrific. When I'm asked why I wrote the book, events like yesterday's (and today's at Indigo in Kitchener at 7 pm with Adele Newton of CHYM) are why: to spread the word that there is hope, there is love and there is always a chance of life after loss and joy. Always joy.
Lisa and I are having a terrific time spending so many hours together (despite her blog yesterday about the spider who spied her in our room - which was actually a painting LOL - see her blog at voiceoflisabrandt.com for the story) and I guarantee you that before last night was over, we'd all had a lot of laughs in the bar at our hotel. It was wonderful to share some hours and camaraderie with my dear friends Lisa, Allan Bell of Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation and, of course, Mike Cooper and I am counting my blessings today all the way to Kitchener.
Take good care and I'll be back with you tomorrow. Thanks for coming along on this wonderful little road trip.
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