Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city
~ The Lovin’ Spoonful
When I saw this man, finding an impromptu bit of shade on a New York street on a hot August day, he seemed to embody the essence of the song, Summer in the City. He might have been waiting for someone or just taking a break from his job as a cab driver. He was totally relaxed, paused, a calm sentinel in a busy stream of humanity. All around him, people were walking at the usual New York pace while he took a few moments to cool himself in the shade of a huge potted banana palm.
I was not shooting “people” photos (I rarely do) and was actually focused on getting a photo of the potted plants, when I turned around and there he was, lounging, chillin’, taking a break. Looking at this photo reminds me to pause, relax, rest, and live in the moment, even if for just a moment.
Thank you, New York Man, for being a messenger of mindfulness!