" This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.”
This morning I went to the markets, walking through the park and then back along the street. It was a gorgeous day: sunny, blue skies, with a promising hint of coolness tucked away in the shadows.
There were people everywhere.
They were watching little tackers play football; setting up for birthday parties; chatting with other dachshund owners; queuing to buy coffee and vegan cakes and avocados 6-for-2-dollars.
They were gathering.
I was reminded once again of why love being involved in a profession that helps create the most democratic parts of our cities - the public parks and plazas and streets - the places where everyone is welcome.
I love seeing people gather and embrace life in the public realm, and in light of recent tragic events in cities around the world, I hope we continue to show up, to participate, and to gather.