If you want a quick pick-me-up, buy a nun her morning Starbucks.
It was 5:45am. My daughter had just boarded a plane back to LAX.
My husband was heading to Louisville to coach his high school girls in a weekend basketball tournament.
|Coach Kornet with his Harpeth Hall Varsity Girls|
I was heading to NYC for a last-minute, musical fix with some girlfriends.
|Bucket List Billy Joel, Madison Square Garden|
It was probably midway through May sweeps last month when I realized I had to escape the heaviness of the news breaking all around us. Just for a weekend or two. Something to put some positive balance back in my life.
I tell you what, speaking such dark details, out loud, for hours and hours on end, used to go in one ear and out the other. But the terror attacks, drug-related crimes, and acts of hate and abuse are really starting to get to me.
So these last two weekends, I have enjoyed some soul soothing: first, while speaking at the 10th anniversary banquet for a wonderful organization called Hearts for Homes, a Denton, Texas-based non-profit that repairs indigent seniors' homes.
|Hearts for Homes 10th Anniversary, Lewisville, Texas|
I packed in multiple coffee and happy hours with girlfriends and former colleagues before and after the event. It was heavenly.
|Finally got to meet baby Max!|
Secondly, this morning I returned from a musical-infused weekend with girlfriends in New York City. Perfect weather. Fantastic vibe. An incredible few days.
Got to see the Broadway show Waitress, with music by Sara Bareilles, the jazzy pop star's first musical. Two high school girlfriends, with whom I sang in concert chorus and show choir, joined me.
And then there was Friday night and last-minute tickets to Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.
|Belting out "Uptown Girl"|
|"'cause it just may be a lunatic you're looking for"|
The whole weekend I wanted to burst open with the joy of a 15-year-old.
|I knew this girl at age 15, when we didn't need readers!|
That lesson was reiterated by multiple medical experts, in fact, in our first Channel 4 prime time health special last week.
They call it "self-care." I call it critical -- both to answering my own calling and to feeling God's reassurance that He is in control. Light will always overcome the darkness.
We must trust and know that He's got this, world. In HIS hands.
No matter what news breaks.