What Cinderella Took Home From the Ball

If you read my first post, you’ll know that I loathe the limelight. So, it’s interesting that on the day I stepped into it, by way of my blog going live, I also stepped onto the red carpet.

The above photo was taken at the Golden Globe Awards last week. Thanks to an unforeseeable series of rapid-fire synchronicities, I ended up making like Cinderella and going to the ball. Complete with Fairy Godmother, in the form of the both gifted and generous fashion designer Katie Ermilio, who shipped a gown across the country just in time for my pumpkin to transform into a carriage.

At the culmination of a blindingly bright night, three rather opaque events proved surprisingly illuminating:

  1. I bumped into my old upstairs neighbor, from the Brooklyn Heights brownstone I called home for eight years, in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hilton.
  2. I was enveloped in pea soup fog, the likes of which I’ve never seen in my almost two years in LA, while driving home.
  3. I witnessed a horrific car accident unfold, as if in slow motion, before my eyes. (Luckily, both passengers walked away from their respective wreckages dazed but unscathed.)

The triple metaphor wasn’t lost on me. My partially constructed website—and blog—had gone live that morning, and I’d spent the whole day fighting the urge to take it back, take it down, and dissolve back into the comfortable obscurity from whence I’d ventured forth. On an evening when I found myself caught in the glare of some of Hollywood’s brightest lights, I was reminded 1) of what I’d pledged to leave behind in New York, 2) that it’s only when lost in the fog that one is forced to trust one’s inner GPS, 3) that to allow discomfort stop me from stepping towards the unknown would mean certain death for my soul.

It would appear I’m one of those people who need constant reminders. Today, I received another, by way of the timeless, truth-soaked words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” This is both universally and personally true. Whether it’s to take a stand against oppression, to stand up for someone who’s being bullied, or to stand behind the integrity of one’s own words, what we don’t say carries as much weight as what we do. May we all find the courage to weigh our words as wisely as Dr. King did.

 “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole stair case.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.