Wednesday, June 18, 2008

i'm back

do forgive me for being away for so long. i came back to insightful messages and well wishes. thank you! during my stay in madrid i encountered, re-encountered, felt and experienced so much more than i had anticipated. as stated i met with old friends, i even made some new aquaintances, but most surprisingly, and dare i say importantly, i met myself. sometimes when we think our lives are boring and so much of the same, it takes a small difference, whether it be a change of place, a new experience or even old friends for us to see objectively ourselves and our lives. over and over i was asked by friends if i think 'they' have changed. i wondered so much if they asked because they have seen changes in me and are wondering if changes within themselves are evident. or perhaps like us all, as we cannot really see ourselves clearly, we wonder what can others see that we are unable to tell about ourselves.

there is much to tell and over the next days i will share with you what i have learned. i'll even tell about a gorgeous and luscious tree that i saw which had violet flowers. i've never seen anything like it in my life. there it was tall and beautiful, flowering in purple...

i do hope that your days have been sweet these last spring days with a flowering of love and smiles. and may the coming summer days bring continued warmth...

8 comments:

nurii said...

you did come back??? I'm so sad... :(

smilnsigh said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. It was so nice to find your lovely blog name, in my comments.

How true! That... "we cannot really see ourselves clearly, we wonder what can others see that we are unable to tell about ourselves." How insightful. We don't see ourselves clearly, do we?

Not even in a mirror.

Here in a small mirror, we see our face... And there, in a store shop window, we see ourselves walking along a street. But distorted by reflections and variations in the glass. Not even in a full length mirror at home, do we see ourselves truly. Standing, posing... That is not the person we present, all day long.

So... Considering this, how can we fully know what we project in our entirety?

Then again, maybe we aren't supposed to. :-)

But happily, you said that you met yourself, on this journey. And to have met yourself sounds like more than many of us, could hope for. And I hope you will share with us, in the coming days... some of how you became open to 'meeting yourself.' We can't all travel, to do so. I hope we can adapt some of your ways, to staying at home. Maybe carving out some private/quiet time, at home...

Oh did you take photos of that lovely tree with the violet flowers? I hope so.

Wishing you a Happy Full June Strawberry Moon tonight! So near to Midsummer Night's Eve. :-)

Mari-Nanci
Smilnsigh blog

Susu said...

Hi Audrey!

Good to see you back in the Blogland;) Sounds like your trip was fruitful in many ways. That's great and probably one of the most magnificent things about changing environments. Can't wait to read more!

l'air du temps said...

hola Nuri, i know... it's a pity that i did not have a chance to see your sweet face. hope all is going well in manchester... hablamos, vale...

hi Mari-Nanci, i'm so glad that you like the name 'l'air du temps.' i remember when i was a little girl how much i loved the name. it seemed so mysterious and i wondered what it meant. i was too young to realise that it was even in another language. maybe that was part of the mystery...

i like very much what you have written about how difficult it is for us to see ourselves. what you have said makes so much sense. a wonderful thing is happening now for me. that is, as i am beginning to realise that i cannot see myself so clearly, when i am self critical i think to myself that i can't even see myself clearly, so my self criticism is simply fiction.

at the same time i'm trying my best in general. when things come out 'wrong' i try to learn, and when it comes out 'right' it's gratifying. the idea that i try my best is the image of myself i am learning to value.

thanks so much for the well wishes on this full june strawberry moon evening. i will definitely be looking for the moon tonight. last night i looked, it was gorgeous, almost full. but tonight... full indeed.

i hope you enjoy as well!


hi Susu, thanks for popping in. it is really nice to be back in general, and i missed very much writing my little stories as well as seeing what everyone has been up to.

while away i mentioned that i like very much the new look of your blog. thanks so much for the beauty you share.

My Castle in Spain said...

Audrey! hello..hello...hello...
I was wondering how things went for you in Madrid and I'm glad you're back in blogland. I've missed you!

Hope Madrid treated you well. Apparently it did...
Next time you must come down to Granada!
Looking forward to reading your petites histoires...
:-)

P said...

I am looking forward to hearing your stories and seeing your photographs. Travel is so refreshing - it makes us wake up to ourselves a little bit.

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

I was here a few days ago, I suppose I forgot to leave a comment. Welcome back...and looking forward to your upcoming posts......

l'air du temps said...

hey Lala, thanks for missing me. i missed my blog buddies as well. while away i realised that i missed making a nice cup of tea, sitting down and seeing what everyone is up to in blog land. i do hope that when i am in spain again that we can meet... i can see us now sharing a nice drink in one of those lovely cafes that you've shared with us on your blog.

P, while in spain i kept remembering what you wrote about how we so often have ties that need to be tied that we did not even know we had. this was very true of my journey. and as you've said, travel really does make us wake up to ourselves. i was pleased to see myself through new eyes...

Lavinia, thanks for popping in again. it's always a pleasure to hear a word from you. your words are always good for the heart.