My vacation had some shining moments. My favorite time was the voyage to Rome. While in Italy, I got to eat at several good restaurants. I tried pizza margarita a few times, some versions were okay, others were better. The main difference in the pizza there and here is that theirs is always thin crust with not so much sauce and toppings as us. Handmade pasta is delicious and I had the best pesto of my life!
I met some new people; got to spend some time with an old acquaintance. I was also reminded how seriously nature and environment can effect my spirit and vessel. I was sick for almost half of my trip, boy oh boy was it a trip. But you know me, I take every thing as a lesson. Some examples: my sore throat told me I should remember when to shut my mouth, constipation told me to learn to let go of old shit, and my flu like symptoms told me when I’m not at 100% I should sit still and rest – I did my best.
I flew back to the States yesterday. I had the best conversation with my seat neighbor on the airplane from Munich to Miami. At first we said nothing, then spontaneously we started talking an hour or so into the flight. He shared with me his stories of being a soldier during the civil war in his native Eastern European country. And somehow, as we continued talking we shared philosophies on love, parenting, food, family, work and society.
This conversation got me to thinking. How is it that it is so easy for two strangers to engage in such a conversation when those who claim to want to be close to you find it so hard to do? Is it the factor of anonymity? Are we only willing to open up to those we believe we will never see again? Or is it because he was there and I was there and we had no other options then by chance we found each other to be interesting? My thoughts brought on more questions than answers.
Later into the flight as we were approaching our destination I gazed at the clouds beneath me, rolled out like endless layers of fluffy bright white cotton candy. Again I was reminded, there is so much in this world that is bigger than me and my solo super human spirit. I am so grateful to be connected to that higher energy, without that connection the voice of faith in me I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to hear it.
As I start this new year I stand determined to face all my fears with courage and integrity. Deep in my heart I know the Most High has a grand plan for me; I will not fight my destiny.
For today, I’m happy to back to the tropics. I’m going to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and degrees in the plus 70′s!
Be happy and healthy…