Thank you Kim Kalesti

  Every once in a while, I highlight someone on my blog that inspires me that is also a close personal friend. I talk about people close to me quite frequently, however, I only use their names when I want you to support them or they have done or said something that is beyond moving to me and many times to others as well. In this case, I have to take this opportunity to explain an evening that I experienced this week.

   My good friend named Kim Kalesti had a small book reading in the city. I would say about 15 people showed up and supported her. The room was small, so the amount of people that showed up was perfect. The room had such an air of care and love racing through it. Kim greeted each and every person as thought they had just won a significant prize just for coming. Her two children made an appearance too. They are both wildly talented in so many ways. Outside of them, I must have met at least 10 other people in the first 15 minutes.

   There was also a host for the evening. He was a kind man with the patience of a priest in my opinion. He introduced her and let us know that there had never been another evening like this at this particular center. He told us that they were testing things out to see if people may be interested in this going forward. His smile was consistent and he was very moved by Kim's work. We were just about to hear Kim read her book, but then a surprise jumped out at us through our ears. Kim started to actually sing the pages of her book instead of reading words as any other writer would do. Just for the record, Kim is a singer songwriter, pianist, and poet. Her talents are immeasurable. She is my good friend and I highly respect her.

     The magic of the evening was in the solidarity of these guests. We all gave feedback on what we just witnessed and we even broke up into a few groups to discuss the parts of the book that resonated with us. The drawings were thought provoking and full of insights as well. All who attended had things to say that were so inspiring in one way or another. Perspective is and has always been that thing that will always extend any situation or conversation into an unknown area. Each person saw and heard different things, such is life.

     I could feel Kim's appreciation for everyone showing up and expressing themselves in such an honest fashion. She was emotional and grateful at the same time. We all made donations to the space that hosted the evening, and we all left feeling just a little bit lighter and happier. My friend Kim Kalesti is magic. Please support her if you can in any way. You can find her HERE . She is a ray of light and unlimited possibilities. I have also included a small taste of her and her amazing daughter HERE . I have also added a clip of her son too HERE . Be well

                                                                                                             Chase

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