Hurricane Sandy is still on my mind. I fully agree with my friend, Rita, who concluded that the difficulty in returning to the “daily grind” lies in the sheer proximity of those who continue to suffer in the aftermath of the storm due to lives, homes and neighborhoods lost. We certainly have care and concern for tragedies occurring around the globe; however, empathy is simply more profound when misfortune is ensuing right around the corner. This storm was a powerful reminder to be thankful for everything I have, even the simplest of things that often go unnoticed and unappreciated, like clean water, warm socks and heat. It was also a reminder of how precious life is and how the most important moment, the one that really counts, is the present moment. The collage below is comprised of things I am feeling grateful for this week: living in New York City, nature’s beauty found in silky flower petals, Layla and her incredible little heart, an extremely flattering message from an old friend far away, my favorite professor representing my education and my love for Eastern traditions, having access to healthy food, YOGA and its abundant teachings, my lovely parents representing my family, warm coats and proper shoes for our first snow, and an old photograph of my father as a young boy with my great uncle, Gene, representing photography’s role in my life. My favorite image is, of course, Layla “stopping” to smell the roses. I’m telling you, dogs may be simple-minded, but they get it…!