Saturday May 24th was a very special day. A unique day in fact. As a matter of fact, I am a bit late on covering this event, but didn’t we once read somewhere that for some “essential things of life, time does not matter”?
Anyway... on that day, a simple intention became reality and (I believe) brought joy to one of our dearest friend blogger, CK. The idea came through a email I was lucky to receive one day, proposing to plant a tree in honor of Sandra J. Kerley, CK’s Momma (if you don’t know about the tragic accident, read this). The email was originally written by Drew McLellan (from Des Moines, Iowa, USA) and reached me via Gavin Heaton (Australia – talking about “distance”) who knew I was one of CK’s friend and thought I could feel concerned about the content of the email. And indeed, Drew’s words touched me, as I immediately felt connected to the intention behind them :
“We’re going to be planting a mature tree in one of NYC’s parks and the tree will have a plaque honoring CK’s mom. That way, CK can go visit the tree if she wants...and knows that a part of her mom is there in her city.”
Mails flew around the planet, people got involved in the project, and a very nice tree was planted at the Family Garden Park in New York City. The rest of the story you probably know by know... Drew McLellan, David Reich, Valeria Maltoni, Lewis Green and I met in NYC in the names of all the bloggers involved (*) in this project to offer the tree to our friend CK.
(*) David Armano, Roger Von Oech, Mack Collier, Toby Bloomberg, Tim Jackson, Marianne Richmond, From Marketing Profs: Ann Handley, Val Frazee, Sharon Edwards and Carrier Shearer, Mario Sundar, Gianandrea Facchini, Cam Beck, Gavin Heaton, Katie Chatfield, Matt Dickman, Paul McEnany
Sometimes in our lives “things happen” that barely no words can explain. It appears to me that this is all about being “human”, about listening to heart beats, about sharing, about “believing”, about Love and friendship. CK covered this unique day with the depth of her own eyes and heart in a post o-so-full of vibrations (check the beautiful photo tree-montage!). Drew shared his genuine thoughts here. Lewis, wrote a great detailed story here. Valeria’s delicate words are simply moving over here. David resumes the day and the time spent together in one post, not to say one brilliant word: Priceless.
Coming to New York made sense to me, because the intention, the “spirit” of the tree was “good” and addressed to a very special and generous person (...and I must say I’m really thankful to my wife for understanding this and letting me go for it). Meeting Drew and his lovely family, Valeria, Lewis and David was an intense thrill and at the same time, felt like a family meeting. You know, like a day you gather on a special occasion and talk while having diner. Just one detail: most of us had never met before, but were instantly on the same frequency. Lots of ideas to exchange, common thoughts or visions to share, experiences and perspectives flying around the table. A moment out of time, spent with fantastic friends. Guys, let me tell you... this I will never forget. THANK YOU ALL for "being there".
- Left to right : CK, Valeria - Standing : Lewis, Luc, Drew and David -
But wait, there is more...
When it was time to say goodbye, CK... completely surprised me. She asked if I had already been to NYC before. She understood it was indeed a first time, and that I had made a quick trip and wouldn’t really have time to visit the city. It took her a fraction of a second to take the initiative. Now I’d like you to focus on this : just imagine, after dealing with the unexpected, intense emotion of the day, she improvised and gently pushed me into a city tour of New York... with her taking the lead role of the guide. Fantastic! I would have never ever thought about that. Well, this is how she is... generous, and giving time, energy and heart to her friends – and I’m not even talking about the sharp eye and smart vision of the brilliant professional she is. Being there was an honor. Being your friend is definitely one too. THANK YOU CK !
- Guided through the heart of New York City -
And there is... even more :
Just Check CK’s post following meetup and sharing ideas with Drew McLellan in NYC. Yet another thrilling proposition to the community. After being in contact via our blogs, after sharing written ideas, emails and sometimes voice or video conferences over the oceans and continents, what if we would just meet for face-to-face conversations... and socialize? Wow! Yet another thoughtful challenge. There is a survey to feel the pulse (before July 1st) and an open perspective to actually MAKE THE WORLD SMALLER.
Guess what... that’s NOT all folks :
In her post “The world gets smaller (mindblob, me & NYC)” –I feel blessed to get such an article, after being lucky to live such an experience live (sigh!)- she went even further and created a link with Belgian bloggers I had not met yet. The day after her post I received a mail from Kris Hoet (Cross the Breeze) and we... just... met. Then, Philippe Deltenre also (Bad idea, indeed). -It was a real pleasure to meet you guys!- Now, we are planning to meet again with other Belgian chocolate eaters and create a Belgian Connection for good.
Macro-world conversation making micro-world connections...
How about that ? : )