Tuesday, October 7, 2008

love!


this past week i heard an actress who's work i admire answer that in her free time she likes to dream. she said she could just be walking along and in midstep her daydreaming begins... i thought that's me! i'm such a dreamer. sure it can be an escape mechanism, but i think also it is connected to my love and desire of imagining and creating stories.

sometimes i wonder if someones who may visit l'air du temps might think that i am this dreamy unsubstantial being with nothing of importance to say. i never get that sense from friends we pop in regularly, but i wonder for 'first timers,' what might their impressions be...

here i try to keep it light and insightful, and my more 'profound' thoughts, i like to think i do, i tend to do away from this space. but so often the not so light wants to say something, and finds its way here. it's been a mix of stuff. though i have been twisted in knots about all that is happening with the u.s. presidential campaign and new presidential election that will occur in a matter of days, and thinking so much not only of what is happening here in the u.s. but all the broken hearts and lives abroad in the middle of unjust and horrific happenings, and simply wanting and wishing that things were different... simply.

dear Lala wrote so wisely about what is happening in Rwanda in one of her posts from thursday, 2nd of October on her blog http://www.mycastleinspain.blogspot.com/

my heart always breaks in a million pieces where there is pain and injustice and i just want to run and hide. but i know that is not the answer and these days i ask myself what can i do, however small, that may contribute to healing and justice. these past days i have been rolling these thoughts over inside and though i still plan to do something more concrete to help as i can, this morning i woke up with one thought...

love!

how beautiful and much needed is love. how we need it in all relations, family, friendships, lovers, international affairs, love of neighbor...

i thought of the picture above. this was taken outside one of the museums in san francisco. this newly wed couple beside a chihuly art piece is incredibly striking. it speaks to me of love and relations and art and beauty. www.chihuly.com

below is a photo image of a program i have learned about called the barefoot college. their website is http://www.barefootcollege.org/

'the students are mostly women, some are grandmothers. hundreds have come through here from villages across india and a dozen other countries to learn how to install and maintain solar energy in rural villages.'


these ladies train and become solar technicians and return to their villages to install and share what they have learned with others and they work for themselves creating a good source of income for themselves.

and it reminds me that there is a way. there are many ways to care and protect and i think a big part of it is love. a desire for justice and well being for every being. i hope to add my little sprinkle to the pool of love...

5 comments:

Susu said...

Audrey,

I like it when you get a little deep at times. (I like anything you write, just for the record.) I took the time to browse the two links you had posted along your text. I love the art pieces, and I must have even seen one at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The thought of it made me smile.

The Indian initiative is great - it combines women's empowering and ecology. I've been thinking about sponsoring a child. I like to buy the Body Shop cosmetics because they are produced via fair trade. They are costlier, but I find it way worth it. We all can do something!

Mary-Laure said...

Thanks for this very moving post. It's so great to see that people care about the plight of others.

Julianne said...

Is this organization all women? If so I will pass it along to dining for women. http://www.diningforwomen.org/.

Very nice post.

My Castle in Spain said...

Dear Audrey,
you should know by now that if your readers come to you, it's because you're exactly the opposite of what I could call "unsubstantial". Everytime, I read your words (be it in your posts or your comments), you strike a chord , you move me, sometimes I can't explain why...
Right now, i can just tell you I would love to give you a hug !!

Bisous...

Lavinia said...

Audrey, this is such a beautiful post. You are absolutely right in what you say...all good things spring from love. The way to change the world, to eliminate all the ugliness and cruelty and terrible injustice, poverty...it has to come from that principle, of respecting others and loving thy neighbour as thyself. What a difference it makes to people's lives when that principle is put into action!