Yesterday, I had a couple of hours to pass while my daughter participated in Orchestra rehearsal. The weather was ideal and I was just a few steps by the beautiful Lake Merritt in Oakland. I made it about 1/3 of the way around the lake. As I was walking, I felt so inspired by the city of Oakland. The lake just perfectly showcases the downtown buildings. I observed the beautiful blend of people from all backgrounds. Yes, it is a city with its problems (crime, schools, cost of living – to name a few). There are many things going darn right there too! This kind of day gives me hope and inspiration.