I flew to India to perform in a theater festival.
My amazing colleague and soul sister who runs the festival and her people met me eagerly at the gate of the place where I was staying. Although it felt like 1000 hours of travel, they greeted me with so much love, it actually altered my entire being.
I love India!
I absolutely love India, because people are kind and friendly.
I love that about the east. People take time to simply be.
They are genuinely and seriously kind.
It was a fast in and out trip.
I came, did a press conference, performed and was out of there.
I was given gifts.
I was fed.
I was showered with an abundance of love and kindness from every single person who worked at the festival and from my fellow performers.
One person walked over to the store a few blocks away to help me buy henna for my kids. A different person schlepped across town with me an hour before I left to get one more thing I wanted, and, of course, didn’t really need.
Patient, kind, loving, that’s my Indian family, and they are dear, dear, DEAR FAMILY.
I was out before I was even really there, eager to get home for New Year’s Eve.
The airline was less eager to get me home.
I flew from India to Hong Kong, but my flight out of Hong Kong was delayed until the next morning.
Standing on line to re-ticket my boarding pass, I formed an alliance with an older couple. I couldn’t be luckier. It was really nice while being stranded overnight in Hong Kong to be looked after and taken to the business lounge by a lovely, kind couple whose last name I don’ t even know.
Kindness and love.
It isn’t new to me that kindness can change your day.
The Advot Project is about love and lots of it.
After spending the night in a less than nice hotel, we went back to the airport to catch our flight.
As I was walking to enter the passport control, there were four people in a little huddle. Clearly, they were a Mom and Dad and their son and daughter-in-law, or it might have been their daughter and son-in-law. There was so much love in that private, intense moment that I witnessed. It was simply beautiful to behold.
The older man said quietly,
Be kind and love each other, a lot.
We love you dearly and loved having you here.”
And love each other a lot.
They were all teary saying goodbye, and I quickly walked away since I was crying at a private moment of complete strangers.
Love each other a lot.
This might just be my new mantra.
In the few days I was away a dear friend, a mentor, and very important person in my life died. I had no idea she was sick.
She was one of the kindest and most loving people I know.
She was one of my biggest cheer leaders and she has held my hand for the last 12 years, ever since I arrived in LA.
She saw me found The Advot Project.
She steered me in the right direction.
With great love, she told me straight to my face when I was wrong.
She pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me a better me,
always with kind but strong words.
Much of my work was done with her guidance.
There is a huge hole in my heart with her absence.
I am so incredibly lucky to have had her in my life.
When I finally got home, my loving family had signs on the door welcoming me and were so happy to see me, you would have thought I had been away for much longer than I was.
I am overwhelmed and humbled by the end of the year donations and the abundance of kindness and generosity that people have shown to support the important work The Advot Project does. I do not take it lightly when someone supports our ripple.
I’m a little jet lagged and disoriented after flying more hours than I was on land, but I want to say in the year to come,
Let us be kind.
And love a lot.
Yes, love and then love some more, because life is sometimes shorter than we imagined.
Kindness is contagious and, although I know that love can’t solve everything, it sure as hell helps.
Happy, happy New Year!
May 2019 bring amazing surprises.