Parisian summer has begun to unfold her veil creating a subtle haze over her magnificence beauty. What felt hot is now a gentle glow against my skin. Leaves begin to wither along the deserted August streets. Drizzle of rain kisses the dry hot pavements. The hustle and bustle of cafes, restaurants and streets are now just subtle whispers of silence.
Paris void of her inhabitants is now an empty soul of monuments and grand structures. Waiting patiently for the autumn clouds to cast their shadows upon them. Bringing a closure, a reminder that reality is about to set in.
Like Paris my summer too is coming to a closure. As I reflect through those months of traveling I have to say that it has been exciting but not without its ups and down emotionally. Words, thoughts and actions that are positive or negative are easy to say, write, do or even talk about, but are hardest to put them into practice without tripping over them knowingly or unknowingly over and over again.
The merry go round of falling and picking oneself up does not come without heartaches, joy, disappointments, success or even a sense of emptiness or just being. I for one have fallen many times oblivious to what its after effect may have on me but then that to me is ‘Being in the Moment’. I have also picked my scattered self up many times and seen tremendous growth within, that too is ‘Being in the Moment’
Summer is a time where I tend to let go of my main direction or focus. Following the rays of light that brighten my way. Experiencing adventures that would remain forever hidden within me. Letting go of what is logical and safe. Being free of deadlines and time constraints. Having said this, along with this short freedom comes consequences, failure growth and understanding. I am still learning and accepting (sometimes grudgingly) my one step forward and 3 steps backwards phase!
As the season changes, old and new visitors will return to Paris, some will discover her with new eyes and some will re discover her with experienced eyes and no matter what, each one will walk away with something of value. I equate myself to this change of season as well. I have gotten to know myself better but most importantly I have realized that the journey of getting to know oneself requires humor (a lot of it), being strong in one’s belief (as it can be a lonely path to embark on) and to remain close or present to one’s reality (instead of wondering off into dream land). Keeping these points in mind I move forward secretly hoping that I wont slip and fall but if I do then I laugh and walk on.........
Thank You Ron for allowing me to pen my thoughts here.