Flying from San Francisco to New York City can be a beat down. So whenever I can, I do my best to stay for a weekend or to spend an extra day by adding another meeting. There’s never a shortage of things to do in NYC. However, on one rushed trip to the city, I had limited time between meetings near the end of the day to wander and appreciate being in NYC. I’d also promised to bring home a few delicious, big-as-your-face cookies from Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side, but getting there from my Midtown hotel would eat up every last bit of my free time, maybe more. Thankfully, I found any easy way to have both.
Mark Rothko is a favorite artist of mine. I love his large canvases covered in wide swaths of color and the way emotion washes over you in their presence. When I recently discovered that he had designed a chapel in Houston, I had every intention of visiting on my next trip, and that opportunity came much sooner than expected.
It all started right after I got back from a trip to Houston. I found myself drastically overbooked for weeks to come and in the midst of one of the most exciting times in my personal life. As a result, I didn’t really want to be on the move, but the flights were booked, unavoidable work travel had arisen, and deposits were paid. Instead of resisting, I chose to dive in ride the waves, to give myself over to the busyness for a time.