My mother once said to me, "don't ever let the busyness of your life interfere with your ability to truly enjoy every moment." And, it is times like I am currently experiencing when my mother's sage words of wisdom ring loud and clear.
I'm back in Rome. Last year I was invited to participate in a small symposium at the Vatican, and once again I've been invited. I arrived late yesterday and will be here for a little over a week. Dr. Roberto Tarazona and I will be meeting with a number of potential partners and high profile organizations over the next couple of days before spending all next week in a conference.
To say Rome is a magical city is a bit of an understatement. It is the magical city. The history, the people, the food - everything about Rome is magic to the senses. This is especially true for me in the shadow of the Vatican. The Vatican is a mysterious and wonderful walled country of immense importance; and, once again, I will be meeting with participants from around the globe to talk about our work and ways we can collaborate.
I am honored to be here. I'm excited to be experiencing this with my colleague and dear friend Dr. Tarazona, and I am enjoying every moment of this great opportunity. Thanks Mom, for helping me to remember to stay present in my life.
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