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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sun, Moon and Stars

This is Christmas Eve, and for many children, it is a time of hope for wishes to be granted. For so many, New York City is a place for adults to find their wishes granted too, or for some, as a place they hope to see or live in. On October 11, 2007, I wrote Beacon of Hope, about the Chrysler Building as a metaphor for aspirations, dreams and hopes.

While walking down Fifth Avenue, I was struck by this perfectly positioned moon, centered on the street above the baccarat crystal star designed by Ingo Maurer and complemented by the sunny gold of the illuminated Crown Building.

The moon has a lot of competition in New York City, but at times like this, it still manages to get the awed respect it deserves. Friends and I have commented on many a summer or autumn night about a beautiful moon over the city skyline.

This Christmas, I do not wish for things. There are so many larger problems that loom over and worry all of us all about our economy and world. But fundamentally, I am an optimist and have great faith in the resourcefulness of men and women to repair that which is broken, even in the eleventh hour.

So today, I wish and believe in better times to come. If you encounter those who say do not be foolish and reach for the sun, the moon and the stars, tell them you know someone who found them on Fifth Avenue :)


Thérèse said...

So well said. So well illustrated.
Have a blessed Christmas!

An Honest Man said...

A happy and blessed Christmas to you and yours!

nazli said...

very nice photo.. wish I had been there:) happy christmas..

ChickenUnderwear said...

It is blogs like yours that remind me to take the camera with me when I leave the house.

Happy everything!

~enlightened1~ said...

Awesome picture...I find myself feeling the same about it has never been about the gifts before, but this year with the economy being the 800lb gorilla in the room, I've rediscovered and found myself respecting the true meaning of Christmas more than ever. I have definitely learned to be more thankful, thrifty and hopeful.

Merry Christmas to you!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic photo!

Greg said...

An awesome Christmas Eve message, Brian.
Merry Christmas to you!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful picture-wonderful words; love peace and joy for you and yours in the coming year!
rolin, the Netherlands