I feel like I should be writing this from an antique plush velvet lounge couch with a mink shawl draped luxuriously over my shoulders and a long cigarette holder from the 1920’s effortlessly dangling between my fingers, because people…I feel so stinkin’ cultured after this weekend.
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OK – back to my Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
This weekend, my best friend and I went to The MET – The Metropolitan Museum of Art – in NYC. I’m going to be super honest with y’all. I live down in the village, and honestly, I never leave my little corner of Manhattan unless I absolutely have to. I just don’t want to deal with the tourists and the traffic. No thank you.
But, this weekend, I decided to just say yes to every opportunity that came my way.
And let me tell you…saying yes to the invitations literally led me all over the city. Brunch on the Upper East Side, seeing a Broadway musical, sunset on a rooftop bar in Midtown, a nightclub at 4am in Alphabet City, lunch in Harlem, chilling at a friend’s house in the Bronx, strolling through Central Park, and finally, spending the afternoon at The MET.
And if you’re traveling to NYC, seriously, send me an email – I have so many fun suggestions of non-touristy places to go, and I’m not even joking.
But The MET.
The art was beautiful, obviously. There were impressionist paintings, and sculptures and textile art and different expressions of beauty and creativity.
And I loved it. But one of my favorite things we saw there, were the different trinkets and every-day life objects that had been preserved from the Greek and Roman time. Decorative drinking bowls, and intricate pieces of jewelry. Fascinating tools they used for bathing or grooming or eating. These old little ornaments and articles told a story of what life was like, way back in time. They offered a glimpse into how people lived their lives, and allowed us to imagine what a day in the life must have been like.
And it made me think…if someone were to capture my life, and put the trinkets and objects that were meaningful and important to me on display hundreds of years from now, what would they choose? What would they put in a glass case to preserve and display about how I lived my life?
I kept thinking about that question as I was falling asleep that night, and it kinda kept me up a bit. I mean, how dismal would it be if an iPhone and a subway MetroCard were all I had to show for myself?
What would be displayed about how you live? Because if you’re anything like me, I think what I would like to be displayed, and what actually would be displayed, are perhaps a bit different.
I would like to be able to show that I was some fabulous, faith-filled, family-oriented, fashionista who spent her free time saving the whales and planting trees and solving world hunger.
A girl can dream, right?
But really, am I living my life the way that I would want to be depicted? How am I spending my time? What captures my attention all day? Who do I talk to regularly?
Because if I’m being honest, I can be guilty of devoting more time to reality TV than to worship. And that’s a problem.
They say that actions speak louder than words. But I’d like to tweak that a bit and say that actions speak louder than intentions.
I can intend all day until the cows come home, but when all is said and done, how I spend my time, how I treat people, how I speak, the media I allow in my home — those are a more accurate depiction of the person I am than simply my intent.
So I better start living the way I say I want to live. Because life is short. And fragile. And there’s no time like right now to start living intentionally.
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