“Some days it is a heroic act just to refuse the paralysis of fear and straighten up and step into another day.” Edward Albert
Greg Grunberg is my hero. Okay, let me explain. I recently visited California for the first time and had an amazing adventure! I stood in the ocean (first time), I ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (first time) and I stood on the roof of a hotel overlooking the ocean (first time).
Before I left home, I set the following intentions: to hug a redwood, to see a celebrity up close, to get something I can’t get in Dallas and to put my toe in the ocean. Check, check, check and check! 🙂
The reason for my California excursion was to gather with other like-minded individuals and celebrate 11/11/11. We convened in a very cool space where we met new people and talked about our intentions for the coming days, weeks, months, and years. One of the people who spoke said, ‘We are like superheroes.’ I thought that was cool, because we are ALL superheroes. We all walk through IT everyday, whatever the IT is for us. That’s what heroes do. Whatever it takes to get it done. Heroic. Love it.
The next day, I went to a beautiful house in Malibu and met arguably one of the most fascinating, artistic people I’ve ever encountered, Leigh McCloskey. His artwork is stunning, thought-provoking and beautiful. One of his pieces actually brought me to tears and I’ve NEVER cried at a piece of art that wasn’t my own. Seriously. As the evening with Leigh went on, he talked to us a lot about his process and how he came to create the masterpieces around us. At one point, he said, ‘You guys are heroes.” Okay, that was TWICE in two days. Loved it!
The next day, it was time for me to go home, so I bravely walked down to the shore and stood in the ocean. There was a lot more to it and I’ll delve into that in a later blog entry. 🙂 As I was packing to leave, it dawned on me that I hadn’t seen my famous person and I was momentarily bummed about it.
My friend and I arrived at the airport and were standing in the line about to go through airport security. I was sleepy and bored, so I spent my time looking at all the people around me. I heard the faintest whisper of “Look” in my head, so I looked up and there was Greg Grunberg!! I smacked my friend and said, (I’m sure too loudly) “My famous person!” lol I was so thrilled you’d have thought I won the California State Lottery. I couldn’t stop smiling. 🙂
Now, the reason I was so excited, besides seeing someone whose work as an actor I enjoyed was the synchronicity of it all. Greg is probably best known for playing the part of Matt Parkman on NBC’s ‘Heroes’. Ha! There’s that word again. Not only that, but Matt’s superpower on the show was at first mind-reading and then later the ability to actually change people’s minds. Ha Ha!!
I absolutely love it when things come together like that. I was exposed to the word ‘Hero’ in some form over three days and I took it as my own personal nudge to step into my cape and help save the world. It can be done. We can change people’s minds. We can love where there was hate. We can feed those that are hungry. We can protect those that can’t protect themselves. We can lend some of our hope to those who have none. We are ALL heroes. Save one, save the world.
PS: I didn’t realize that Leigh was also a famous person. lol He played Charlene Tilton’s husband on the tv show ‘Dallas’.