Heya, Sleepy Heads!
While you’re dreaming out your dreams and rebooting before the start of yet another day — god willing! — I’ve been greeting the sun for you. (No worries: It’s not up yet; but when it is, I shall relay the tales of your magnificence.)
And when you do wake, my lovelies, I hope you take the time — I pray you have the time — to tread the ground with baby steps: rediscovering gravity and balance, not anticipating the next footstep and never missing the ones you’ve already left behind. Hold the ground, my darlings, with every step. Hold your bloody ground! Hug it with the arches of your soles and it will return you — to your self. But then, with the next footstep — let go! Somewhere in mid-flight, each foot may find the thrill of courage, and you just may grow a little.
Baby steps, babies!
May you have the patience and the surrender to move at the speed this day will ask of you. May you keep your eyes on the horizon — for your dreams also arise there, slowly, like the sun, while gradually granting more light to your path. But if today, you must trip or fall down — no biggie! Tell your ego to hush-up with its routine embarrassments and other gratuitous tortures, dust yourself off, and keep on — with baby steps.
(Look at that! The sky is fully lit by now, but the sun is still coyly hiding behind the mountain. It’s taking taking its time. Baby steps.)
There was a girl the other day — a woman stranger — who walked into a cafe like any other in LA-LA-LA; but the familiar moves of opening the door, stepping in, negotiating her space in line — she committed them with awareness and authenticity. Oh, she was luminous! With not a touch of make-up on her calm face, with her liberated, shoulder-length hair and a simple black jumpsuit that hugged enough of her curvatures and hid the others, she was reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s grace and Diane Lane’s sexuality.
The line-up of anonymous writers typing out their dreams at the wall-long booth of the joint stopped in mid-action:
“Who in the world is that?” — we all wondered; then proceeded rummaging through our scripts to fit her in… Well, at least, that’s what I did.
But the girl remained. That’s just it: She remained. (Baby steps!) Patiently, with her hands in the pockets of her jumpsuit, she waited for her turn; then for her drink, then a table; then for her girlfriends, who arrived in a pack, with confusion and noise in tow.
“Oh my gosh, hon!” one of the creatures whined, refusing to adjust to the general volume at which the rest of us operated there. “You look so… cute!”
My Diane Lane was already standing, sincerely leaning into the other women’s embraces while letting the loudmouth to henpeck at her appearance. “Thank you,” she said.
“What’s this you’re wearing?” the whiny broad insisted on being loud. “Is this — OH MY GOSH! — is this a jumpsuit?!”
“Yes. Yes, it is,” the Diane Lane reminiscence said and smiled, ever so lovely.
Wow. Mesmerized. I was utterly mesmerized. All of us were. The gray-haired Morgan-Freeman-esque writer next to me scoffed, and at noticing my gaze, shook his head and hung it low: Alas, humanity. The other women in the group reshuffled either themselves or the chairs around the picnic table; but the loudmouth was still on a trip of her own:
“I wish I could wear that!” She obviously had some beef with the injustice of her life, her body — her self.
With not a hint of bitchiness or self-defense in her voice, “You can,” said my Lane.
Okay. Hold-up here! Is this: GRACE? Well, yes. Yes, it is. The grace of self-awareness and forgiveness… Actually, come to think of it (come to recall it), my Diane Lane moved as if she had nothing to forgive. The pebbles of insecurity that the other woman hurled at our lovely girl bounced off, seemingly leaving not a scratch behind, then obeyed gravity and landed at her feet. And my Lane remained unscathed, unaffected, unbruised; even lovelier after having to insist on her kindness. That’s just it. She remained: light and weightless, causing no damage on Earth. She held herself up, never bracing herself out of fear or injustice; treading carefully and kindly, as if this day — was the very first for her to discover. Baby steps.
Aha: The sun’s up. Shall we?