What I’ve been up to:
A LOT. I was in Mexico and then cramming to get my schoolwork and application done, getting our suite ready for rental and dealing with some health stuff and construction projects. And really just trying not to freak out about how little time I have left. This year has been nuts.
What was beautiful:
Mexico, duh! Pics and posts coming soon.
These reflections in Venice by Photographer Jodi Cobb.
Listening to the rain.
This incredible a capella rendition of the Sound of Silence
This passage about Petra in NatGeo and the singing too (in the link):
Petra: the hidden heart of Nabatea—a 2,300-year-old empire, a crossroad of antiquity, of fabulous monuments, of palaces and grand avenues chiseled into a sandstone canyon far above the Rift Valley of Jordan. Towers. Columns. Stairs. Altars. Pediments. Aqueducts. Palaces. Petra is a city scooped from living rock. Its architecture rivals the majesty of Rome, the clean beauty of classical Greece—just two of the many empires with whom it traded. The Nabateans were once nomads, proto-Arabs. For centuries they monopolized the incense trade. Their gods are depicted as cubes, as pure geometry, as triangles, as abstract squares. (Al Qaum, the warrior god, a night deity who protected the caravans, was a guardian of all sleepers, whose wandering souls took the form of stars.) They held wine-soaked feasts for their dead. In Mada’in Salih, Saudi Arabia, they carved gigantic tombs from bergs of rock that stand like colossal Fabergé eggs in the barren deserts. Awesome. Imposing. Monuments to raw power. To monomania.
Also some pretty things around town in (modern) Vancouver:
What I’m reading and listening to:
Always following along with the Out of Eden Walk at NatGeo
And annually studying the Guide to the Vancouver Culture Crawl
Tips for living a kinder life from kindness expert Gabriella Van Rij
- Truly start listening to others (instead of already formulating the answer in your head)
- Answer rudeness with kindness (think of someone being extremely snippy to you, then say in a friendly tone “did you have a hard day?”. You will have already diffused the moment)
- Include someone who is on the sidelines. By doing this, you have valued them – it’s dehumanizing to go through life unnoticed, unwanted and unloved
- Action/reaction. Understand when there is unkindness, it is not about you. When you are triggered, take a deep breath and step back
*ON ADHD & RELATIONSHIPS –
ON TRAVEL –
When you feel like garbage (most of the past few weeks for me)
(And related) how to feel better