Last month I wrote about a little trip we took to Washington D.C. to speak to a group of women there. After our presentations, Danny and I were pretty tired after a couple of late nights & all the awesome chats we had with everyone after the event
I had such a powerful experience that night. I mean – you guys – the inscriptions at the Lincoln Memorial would just blow your mind. I know I’ve read many of his addresses before in school, but what did I know then? They were just words. They mean so much more to me now.
Quite a statement to say, with a country that was literally at war. I think of that compared to our country that is currently divided on many issues. With malice toward none and charity for all…very, very powerful words, indeed.
With the above as his overall guiding virtue, he sets out to tackle the great issues of his day…are they that different than our own?
I can’t help but read this and think not of a peace among ourselves, but a peace within ourselves and with all others. I hope that is the path you are on. I hope you are finding that peace more and more each day, that you have the confidence to seek it and know that it will be yours, no matter your circumstance or background. When we learn to feel peace and develop love for others – even our enemies – other people can feel it! It’s the greatest ripple effect in the world. Develop peace and love within yourself, and you can change the world.
And now, just a few D.C. recommendations…(we weren’t there long, so I am sorry this list is so short. There are so many other things we weren’t able to do yet.)
1. Eat at Rasika, an Indian restaurant in the Penn Quarter (very close to the Mall). You MUST order the Palak Chaat. That stuff is unbelievable. Think fried spinach with the best combination of flavors and spices you could imagine. I think we have to stop at that place every time we’re in town. We loved it that much. It’s no wonder it’s the most highly rated Indian restaurant in the city. (Also, they are hugely accommodating with preparing a meal without gluten and dairy, if needed.)
2. Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. It’s great for kids and adults alike. We loved the Wright Brothers exhibit.
3. Arlington National Cemetery. So breathtaking to see. Make your way to the Tomb of the Unkowns, which is guarded by soldiers 24/7. Visit on the hour for the changing of the guard.
4. Drummer’s Circle at Meridian Hill Park. This is one of the most beautiful parks in D.C. Take a picnic, people watch, play frisbee, and enjoy the music of tons drummers (they play roughly between 3 pm and 9 pm).
5. See the monuments and the Capital at night! Many of the D.C. women we met told us we had to do this…and that it was so romantic to take an evening stroll. It was. 🙂
Have you been to Washington D.C.? I’d love to hear if you have some recommendations. We plan to visit again in the spring.