As 2012 draws to a close, I wanted to wish you all a marvelous holiday season and incredible start to the New Year!

Thank you thank you for another year of the most amazing, special support and love anyone could ever wish for. I know I may say this a lot, but it’s just that I am so taken with y’all everyday. And what you do for me, for each other, for the world at large. It’s truly unique and y’all are a permanent lock in my heart.

I wanted to take this moment to share.

I recently was lucky enough to indulge in my love affair with Africa and visit Morocco. I savored a fascinating country full of many a paradox, infinite culture, abundant history, and a colorful array of people full of surprises and heart in endless forms. As many of you know, I shot THE WORLD UNSEEN in South Africa years ago, which was my first time in Africa. I was smitten. Since then, I have been to Egypt and now Morocco.

I have never seen skies like the ones in Africa.

There is nothing quite like a sunset or sunrise in that part of the world.  And pictures don’t do them justice. They are not just to be seen, but must be felt. They are not just intoxicating but all encompassing.

While I was in Morocco, I camped out in the Sahara desert. One of the most prodigious experiences I have had. Bucket list worthy. It was a long day and trek deep into the desert which concluded with watching the sunset over the dunes. Breathtaking. Once the sun had set, it got cold. Really cold. But it didn’t matter because I was looking up at a most striking moon and a sky so clear and so full of stars, it could make you weep. I was surrounded by the kind of silence that could be eerie if not welcomed. It was extraordinary peace. Stunning to feel.

In that moment, I was flooded with so many thoughts. And couldn’t help but think of the state of the world and what seems to be so much tragedy and hardship these days. But then I thought…even though we may all be in far corners of the world with our own ideas of how to live, it’s still the same moon looking down on all of us and still the same sky we all gaze at. It was reassuring. And I was reminded that nothing was impossible when there is so much we share and so much at stake. Even if we just started with the sky. The sun. The stars. That’s enough. That’s quite a lot.

To carry us for more than a moment.

So maybe at some point in the next couple weeks of holiday fun and debauchery, we can all remember that even though we may be in far corners of the world, it’s the same moon looking down on us. And know we are not alone. We are all in this together.

And we have another chance to get it right.

–Sheetal Sheth

39 Comments

  • Mavreen says:

    Love this thought. Thank you for sharing.
    All the best to you and yours this holiday season.
    Much love xo

  • Galina says:

    Beautiful said and so true.
    I am happy that there are people who feel and think the same as me. Doesn’t matter if you are famous or not, rich or poor, black or white… Christian or Muslim., eventually we share one world. There is no batter way to remember that we’re not alone even if we only look up at the sky for a while.. I am pretty sure there will be someone else doing the same at the monent.

    Thanks you Sheetal Sheth for making me smile!

    Have a great holiday season!
    G., xoxo

  • Mervat says:

    No words can explain my feeling about this…it’s full of passion and love!!!
    The chance will come when we accept and respect each other in this strange world!!….Happy Holiday!!

  • Maricelia Serrano says:

    Such a beautiful blog on reflection, joy, smiles full of love aswell as pain and in hope that we may learn a lesson to lessen the pain. In perseverance.. ceaseless, restless perseverance will get it. With kind, strong and rich hearted leaders like you. We will flourish success!
    Thank YOU for wisdom and loving energy felt around the world. Much love and respect!
    Happy holidays..<3 Mari

  • Stephanie French says:

    This is a beautiful blog entry, Sheetal. I often find myself looking up at the night sky and thinking much the same things as you posted and it is comforting to know we're not alone out there. Hope you and yours have a safe and happy holiday. Much love and and respect, always.

  • elizabeth says:

    The easy to explain their emotions to be in places that we do appreciate it. 2013 Wishing more blessings come to you, so that your love reaches more people in the world to further extend best actions toward others. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

  • Fumi Tsui says:

    i am glad that we are all in the same sky Sheetal:)

  • Edith Zavala says:

    I wish that we can all do right … but it must start somewhere … you and I can do it … The rest will join when you see that someone is doing something right … Sheetal happy holidays! also to all who read this blog …

  • Magali Gauthier says:

    If we could extend the concept of family to not just blood related but to every beings, then humans will certainly progress, evolve, elevate because then we would care on a large scale.
    Yes we are all in this together, all under the same sky, in the same global mess; we’re all connected, with so much potential & huge capacity for loving and caring.

    A little clip for a pilgrim like you
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYWZVSmVU_c&feature=share&list=UUjL5KcH0kuLltBeHS7f18RQ

    May you find truth in your personal quest…

  • christian says:

    thanks for sharing. happy holidays 🙂

  • Linda Fitriani says:

    very touching and beautiful world.. u have so much law of attraction to all your fans… all I can say is, u inserted your wisdom and positive think inside me and inside all your fans, and when u amazing, your fans is also all amazing. and u know what. u're permanently locked in your fans's hearts too..

  • Malen Cells says:

    I wish I could do the same like what you did. To experience something like you were in some kind of dream yet so real. I would like to travel to the different places and ponder some realizations too. This blog indeed is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing Sheetal Sheth! ;))

  • Chantal Franken says:

    Dear Sheetal,

    Beautiful blog!!! As I said many times, you are an inspiration to many including me. We are all connected wether we like it or not.

    Good movie hint : “Upside Down” it’s a very interesting concept, it made me think about gravity etc, very impressive atleast to me.

    I again wish you the upmost best for 2013, I say it again and i keep saying it, I hope this will be the year that I finally get to meet you, wont give up faith. Thanks!

    best,
    chantal Franken

  • Chantal Franken says:

    Dear Sheetal,

    Beautiful blog! As I said many times, you are an inspiration to many including me. We are all connected wether we like it or not.

    Good movie hint : “Upside Down” it’s a very interesting concept, it made me think about gravity etc, very impressive atleast to me.

    I again wish you the upmost best for 2013, I say it again and I keep saying it, I hope this will be the year that I finally get to meet you, wont give up faith. Thanks!

    best,
    chantal Franken.

  • Milky says:

    Sheetal ,
    Every character you’ve had played, they once made people laugh, or cry.Each of them were so complete by your wonderful performance.And it’s amazing that you write as good as you act,
    As a reader, I can feel the sun,the sky, the stars, the cold night through your gentle and warm writing, even I can feel the smile on your face while you’re in the thoughts of your Africa trip. Truly brilliant.and your smile is the gift from heaven to all of us.
    Thank you for sharing the amazing thoughts and trips with us. Looking forward to your next sharing, also next film, series, show…whatever you’re gonna bring us!!

    Enjoy your wonderful holiday season.

    Best wishes, love. xoxo
    M.

  • Kirsten says:

    Beautiful post. I think it’s good to be reminded that people are people are people, no matter where in the world they live. I also came across the fantastic “Where the hell is Matt” videos on Youtube that share the same message. Everyone looks at the same moon, and everyone likes to dance!

  • Karen says:

    With all the insanity and sadness in the world around us, your humanity and love are so inspiring … and beautiful. Thank you. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and all the best for the coming year.
    Much love and gratitude. xoxo

  • Jenn Hight says:

    how can I not love you… and your desert dreams? (:

  • April Cooper says:

    Sheetal your words are beautiful and heartfelt. I imagined everything you wrote and for the record Africa is on my bucket list lol~ so is India, China, Egypt, japan, and so many other beautiful countries.

  • Lynn Chen says:

    I was looking at that same sky…except freezing my ass off in the czech republic – thinking of you, our beautiful lives, and friendship. happy holidays.

  • Shell Lewis says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate your interactions with us fans! Your genuine passion for life and your craft shines through in your performances. Thank you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Shell Lewis says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate your interactions with us fans! Your genuine passion for life and your craft shines through in your performances. Thank you!

  • Angela Iorio says:

    What a beautiful, heartfelt post Sheetal. You've taken us on a magical journey with you to beautiful Morocco.. thank you! Visiting the Sahara is most definitely on my bucket list 🙂 And every time I look up at the night sky, I'm immediately drawn to that same thought & it's magical, it's comforting & it's inspiring; especially in the midst of all that is happening in the world around us. Your post has reminded me that even though we may be worlds apart, the important things in life still matter, regardless of where we live. And in the end, we're all connected under that beautiful night sky.

    Blessings to you & yours this holiday season Sheetal! Thanks for inspiring, always. Much love, Angela. xo

    'We all shine on, like the moon & the stars & the sun.. ' ~John Lennon.

  • Ngan Thai says:

    It matches my feeling when reading your blog.

    Have a great trip 🙂

  • 古靜琳 says:

    Yes, we're not alone, Even though we're in the different starry sky, we can still see the most twinkling star! And you're the brightest star that never falls.
    And we'll always look up at the sky to pray that you'll be safe, healthy, and happy!

  • 古靜琳 says:

    Yes, we're not alone, Even though we're in the different starry sky, we can still see the most twinkling star! And you're the brightest star that never falls.
    And we'll always look up at the sky to pray that you'll be safe, healthy, and happy!

  • Vanja Savic says:

    Reading this mirifical text I can clearly hear Red Sky At Night by David Gilmour [at the Royal Albert Hall]. Right here. And right now. Yes, this blog entry sounds like a rich saxophone that I thoroughly enjoyed 'listening to'. This story, told with beauty and about beauty, makes you feel the warm African soul. Above all, it has the same color like its image— in which the sky explains how much energy there can be in a moment of stillness. What a beautiful symbiosis; both the image and the words drive me in the same direction…… while the moon gets into my eyes. The king. The beautiful diamond in the sky. The one & only. Always gorgeous, whether it's alone or at great parties with its sisters Cepheids; long-haired comets; crazy brothers the Leonids, the Perseids, the Orionids… all above us. It is true that we are the citizens of various states, each with our own address. But we all are part of the moon and sky's story, and no one is erased from its registries.

    Want to pack gratitude to the year 2012 for bringing me Sheetal and allowing me to discover her. So hey 2012, thanks!

    Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!
    As Baudelaire said—be drunk. On love. On happiness. Joy. Achievement.
    Be drunk. On wine, poetry or on virtue. As you wish.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJEBN2nH9ds

  • While I was reading that blog , I felt all my senses reacting to what you were saying.It was so vivid and for a moment I thought I was there with you.

  • Hotaru Imai says:

    I like it.. rewards for sharing.. xx

  • Julia says:

    “…it’s the same moon looking down on us. And know we are not alone. We are all in this together.

    And we have another chance to get it right. ”

    Thank you for this post!!!

  • marie says:

    I love the blue sky thru the trees on a warm sunny day alone with a soft gentle breeze and wonder if this is what heaven is like, not far away at all. Marie

  • Fantastic read! I’ve updated your rss feeds to my Google reader.

  • Tracy White says:

    Hello, Sheetal! I love this blog. It makes my heart smile when I hear other people talk about the moon, the stars like I see them, too. I have always been fascinated with space and what could possibly be ‘out there’. I like when you talked about how, if anything, what we look up at in the sky is the one thing we all have in common. I’ve heard people talk about how when they’re in a different location than a loved one, both can look up at the moon at the same time and think about each other….as if the moon is the meeting place for their souls. I loved in the end of the blog how you talk about how “we are all in this together”. I, in the past, have spent too much time trying to get life ‘right'(whatever that is) and focusing on myself and my goals. Because of a life-changing experience, I have slowed down recently…..way down. It has caused me to take notice of things/people around me that I never had the time to notice before. I am happy to report I am taking steps to better myself, learn more about our world every day, and most importantly try to change the world. I used to think changing the world was this huge task and overwhelming to even think about, let alone comprehend. Now I realize, thanks to awesome people like you that it can be the smallest thing that makes the biggest difference. So, that is my goal….make a difference. Offer a hand, kindness, hope to a stranger. Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself with the public. You, indirectly, affect people like me and I pay it forward. Keep on keeping on, Sheetal. You are a beautiful, compassionate, and all-around awesome gal and I look forward to your future projects. Have a great day, dear. Stay real, Tracy

  • faye says:

    thank you sheetz.

  • art says:

    Sheetal like you I have always had an appreciation for the simple things in life. They keep us grounded and aligned with nature.

  • umang says:

    Awww m touched thnq so much sheetal for sharing urself wd ur fans u r beautiful all around an osam girl lv ur work so much full of talent keep rocking sheetal just wana ssay one thing that i lv u stay blessed

  • drakensang says:

    Excellent post. I’m going through many of these issues as well..

  • Maggie says:

    How inspired you are, really enjoy your words, touching thoughts beautifully articulated full of meaning and poetry, thanks for share so much of you!

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