I’m back from my holidays today and counting my blessings as a way of dealing with a slight reluctance to surrender the freedom and fantasy of holiday-world into the reality of my more than wonderful normal life. So here goes…three things I am grateful for today:
- A lovely relaxing holiday in The Cotswolds and a travelling companion who, despite coping with her own grief at the recent loss of a parent, was good company and generally patient in the face of my foibles and the poorliness which cost me about 1.5 days of our week together. Holidays are quite a test of friendship. I am grateful that I started with the week with such a friend but even more grateful that we both ended the week still having such a friend.
- Coming home. Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home and although I do not yet have the things I so enjoyed last week – a dishwasher, a bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and a skylight in it and a wet room – I am happy and grateful to be back and Mitsy’s pleased to see me too. It’s great to spend a rainy Sunday clearing a backlog of admin and emails and laundry and settling back into normal whilst being yet changed forever by the experiences of the last week.
- Jane, who looked after my place and my pussy cat while we were gone. Again, I am rich in friends and grateful for it.
I found this interesting quote about travel by Cesare Pavese:
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
Note to self: must travel more. You can keep the brutality (not much of that in The Cotswolds, thankfully) but bring on the constantly out of balance and the recognition of essentials. Those qualities are creative and refreshing and have led to a list of new ways I to be in my normal life which, so often, is anything but.