11/24/2011 by 
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I'm always amazed at the moment an inspiration comes.  Sometimes it can come during those defining moments, moments of enormous triumph or loss; but sometimes it can be one of the most mundane moments.  What is universal to those moments is that something inside of you begins to vibrate and soon it is resonating and you are left with no choice, but to act.  

Such a moment happened just this week.  I was having dinner with my dear friends Howard and Sandy.  This had been a VERY difficult year for them.  Sandy's mother passed away rather suddenly and shortly afterwards Howard's son died following a valiant battle with cancer.  As I sat at their table sharing in a wonderful meal, I was struck by the empty chairs at the table.  I was thinking of holidays when those chairs were filled with the people they had just lost.

That night as I left their home, I glanced into the dining room on my way to the door.  Again the empty chairs filled me with sadness, but as I drove home, an idea began to crystalize around a math concept, leaving me with an analogy to Math.  In Math there are no empty places, but instead we use Zero as a placeholder.  When we lose someone we love, we are not left empty.  We have placeholders in our hearts.  Our memories fill that spot.  And that became my inspiration...

I know it doesn't sound like much, but to me the Zero represents a meaningful symbol.  I would like to craft some Zeros for Sandy and Howard.  They will not be circles nor will they be Os, however much they will favor circles and Os.  I will call them Zeros to represent the placeholders that Howard and Sandy have their hearts and home.

So, there you have it.  That is the story behind my little burst of inspiration.  Without this little backstory, you may have seen what looked like a simple circle or even an initial for a name starting with an O, but you may be wrong.  It might represent a Zero which has a very different meaning.  And hopefully these little zero's will be a reminder to Sandy and Howard as they navigate the holidays  for the first time since the loss of their loved ones.  

In parting, I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and family.  I am especially thankful this year to the way my life has expanded with the addition of new and dear friends.

Thanks for reading my blog.