SerenDestiny #27: What a Wonderful Life . . . What Are You Waiting For?

I’m writing this from Geneva, where I have the good fortune to be thanks to EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) which has arranged for me to travel through Europe to speak to their chapters.

Today’s post though is about the magical events that unfolded today . . . which proved in the most delightful way that we can have a wonderful day anytime we want if we will but listen to the whispering of the higher self.

I set out this sunny morning to explore Geneva’s waterfront on foot. A splendid view met me with the Peace Fountain jetting 200 feet into the air and the Swiss Alps rising majestically up – up – up in the background.

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Peace Fountain jetting


After exploring Old Town Geneva with its luxury international shops, I started walking back to my hotel. As I strolled by a beautifully terraced restaurant, I heard the tickling of ivories from inside and was drawn like a moth to musical flame.

The modernistic red and black bar inside was empty except for the pianist playing to no one but himself and an unappreciative bartender.

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Le Richemond Le Bar

The matre’d escorted me to a seat under a large, sun-filled window and handed me an elegant, leather-bound menu with a flourish.

I fully intended to have that cup of coffee . . until I perused the menu and saw this . . . Vanilla-infused vodka shaken with Khalua, espresso, Baileys and Chantilly Cream.

Suffice it to say, I went with the Capuccino Martini.

I pulled out my trusty pen and moleskin journal (thanks to my son, Andrew, who gifted me with it) and started musing, “There were a dozen ways home. Why did I intuitively choose not to go down those other streets? Why did this one call me?”

I’m not sure . .. all I know is that this was the street bathed in light. This was the street that felt right.

And now that I’m here, the SerenDestiny is unfolding.

I picked up a brochure on my table and discovered I had landed in the famous Le Richemond – one of the leading hotels in the world and home of the famous Le Jardin restaurant.

This is also the home of a monthly series of “Art of Writing” workshops on “Journal Your Life” in honor of Colette – yes, the Colette who said, “I’ve had a wonderful life. I only wish I’d realized it sooner” who penned her book The Blue Lantern in this very hotel in 1946.

After jotting my grateful thoughts while they were still hot, I quietly applauded as the pianist wrapped up a song. He turned and give me a warm smile. I asked, “Do you know Claire ‘d Lune?”

“Debussy?” he asked.

“Yes.”

He shook his head ruefully. He seemed to think about what might be close to that lyrical melody, then settled his fingers on the keys and out came this perfect substitute . . . Blackbird by The Beatles

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

So . . . I set out this morning without knowing where I was going or what I was going to experience. And by listening to what organically drew me, I’ve had a extraordinary day. A day where my spirit has flown and my eyes have seen.

As the lyrics of Blackbird suggest, many of us are waiting for moments to arise, to fly, to be free.

We don’t have to wait. Those wonderful moments are all around us . . . if we’ll just see them and appreciate them . . . now.

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One response to “SerenDestiny #27: What a Wonderful Life . . . What Are You Waiting For?

  1. What a beautiful story. It truly inspires me to take note of the beauty in my day, and to stay tuned to that voice that speaks quietly from my heart.

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