Audrey Hepburn, truths from an icon of class & grace...
I am back from a weekend wedding in the city and juggling so much right now. The wedding was wonderful...I couldn't have asked for a kinder and more grateful couple. I am so excited to finish their images and share with them the moments they may have missed. Their friends and loved ones embracing, toasting, dancing and celebrating Jen and Mike. Liam and I met the sweetest couple at our table...they were in their fifties or so yet so in love. I couldn't stop watching them...their kindness and softness for each other. Their loving touches, shared smiles, little looks that were like speaking without words. Then the fun they had dancing together...unaware or anyone else. A song came on that was an obvious favourite of theirs and they lept up and danced together giggling and moving to the music like nobody was watching. I wondered if they dance like that at home and I bet they do. I was grateful to see their connection and silently wished the same for the newlyweds.
My fresh new eleven year old Liam has turned into a wonderful helper and I was happy to bring him for the long drive and for company and support. I am not a city person so the big trip there was empowering for me. Finding the hotel then taking trains and buses around the downtown to get to the aquarium and show my son I am capable made me proud. We had some interesting experiences which are bound to happen in the city. The most notable being a fellow on the train who had a learning disability and became a litle awkwardly interested in me. Like sitting right in front of me and staring at me for a good portion of our train trip and smiling a lot. At first he heard me speaking to a woman beside me about which stop to take and I think he decided he would make sure I got to where we needed to go. Liam was a little freaked and I simply ignored him as much as possible and walked right to security with Liam after our stop and he was quickly escorted away. I didn't have to say a word to Liam, he saw their is no need to over react...staying calm and being proactive no matter how much you are freaking out inside is always the best path to take. I also always make sure to take my boys to the regular downtown spots on Robson and such to see the poor souls who lay homeless and hurting from drugs or health issues that aren't treated. It's such a good teaching moment. Showing compassion and how life can be hard but you always have choices that will affect where you end up.
Having an adventure with Liam was an amazing distraction from life in general right now and a nice reminder of what it's all about.
It's about love and being true to yourself and making time to honor your loves...your family, your passions, your dreams. It's about today...living now. Stepping away from drama and seeking truth. Believing in the messages you are given, facing change and being accountable for your own actions. Seeing your role in everything and learning from it. Growing always. Laughing and making fun and time for play despite everything else. Trusting that you are exactly where you are meant to be. There is no blame, no time for pointless anger or worry. Stepping over the mess, seeing past the bills and living for the moment simply and purely.
Like Audrey said..."tomorrow is another day" Even better... why not start today over? Who says you can't? You can do whatever you want if you change your thoughts. It's worth the work.