Restored: Awe & Wonder in the Epic & the Everyday

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Sometimes you experience things in life for which photographs can’t capture the entire essence, like the tiny, fragile first breaths of a newborn or the awesome sight of a natural wonder.

Last month included both for me.  We welcomed a precious new nephew, Luke, into the world on September fourth.  One minute he wasn’t there and the next he was. A new life. It happens every minute, multiple times over on this planet, and it still blows my mind and cracks my heart open.

Later in the month, Richie and I traveled to Sedona for a long weekend.  Maybe it’s because the stunning Red Rocks are so vastly different than our landscape here in New Orleans, or maybe it’s because of all the powerful energy flowing around that city, but I felt so inspired, receptive and restored in that space.

Restored: the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.


I was, if only for brief glimpses at a time, returned to a former condition of wholeness and oneness.  The condition we all come into the world with, like Luke did a month ago, and the condition we all still hold inside of us.

Perhaps one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned on this journey is that as amazing and welcomed as epic life experiences are, they are not a requirement for restoration.  

I do not have to travel somewhere exotic, make a huge life change, or as Mary Oliver put it “walk on your knees through the desert,” sacrificing to connect with that source right now.

It is available and accessible to us all in this moment.  It isn’t reserved for the contemplatives, or the mystics, or the saints.  I don’t have to do anything or change myself first. I need only be aware and allow myself to be loved that much.

Below is the start of a song I jotted on the top of Cathedral Rock.  I hope you enjoy it and I hope you find ways to restore your soul today. You are loved. You are whole.


I stand in awe,

Of this creation,

With grateful heart,

And open palms.

No photograph,

Can do it justice,

So I’ll offer up,

This simple song.

Humbled beyond,

The Ordinary.

Shaken, my soul,

To the core.

Awakened, Aware,

It’s a new morning.

I feel alive.

I am restored.

So great and vast,

I’m but a droplet.

In ocean body,

In starry sky.


I feel so small,

And also mighty.

Cuz I’m part of it,

My breath is life.


Humbled beyond,

The Ordinary.

Shaken, my soul,

To the core.

Awakened, Aware,

It’s a new morning.

I feel alive.

I am restored.


Admittedly, this blog post took a different turn than I expected. But as this truth bubbled to the surface, I realized that much of the work I hope to release in the upcoming months revolves around this theme.  I am excited to share with you.


How has your soul been restored lately?  If you feel compelled, answer in the comments on the blog or shoot me an email in reply.


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