July 13th, 2013
We got back from Canada (Quebec City and Montreal) last Saturday, and I’ve been caught up in getting things back in order. So far this summer has been especially busy with extended family visits, vacation, connecting with friends, work obligations, regular home life as well as some unexpecteds…I’m not used to this fast pace, and it doesn’t really suit me. How about you, have you been running round and round also?
Okay, back to our recent trip. The drive up north started off smooth and slow (just the way I like it), and we were lucky that the sky was showing its most beautiful side.
And we were also lucky to have found a resting spot in Magog, Quebec, that serves delicious chocolate croissants (this definitely set the French mood).
As soon as we arrived in Old Quebec we saw more welcome signs which added to the excitement of being at such a beautiful place.
It was wonderful taking time out to see the historic sights…
…smell the roses…
…and to eat farm fresh berries (during a side trip to Ile d’Orleans – a rural island near Quebec City).
While staying in Old Quebec we took another side trip to nearby Montmorency Falls.
Although the rush of water was spectacular to see, I found myself fearful of the chaotic force and immense explosion at the bottom.
There were more explosions in the form of fireworks while in Old Quebec – these were more my speed. However, there was a part of me that craved the stillness…
…such as what I found at the aquarium.
I love the calm and beauty of the slow.
And I love coming across unexpected sights such as this sweet birdie graffiti. The English translation of the message is “Are you listening? The birds sing for you and me…” Isn’t this the perfect tweet?!
Roaming around freely, and preferably slowly, allows me the space that I need to be in the moment…and to maybe be inspired by the moment. As happened when we had the opportunity to see an outdoor and free(!) performance of Cirque du Soleil.
As I watched the performers, especially the brave and graceful acrobats, I heard myself thinking “I should try to move outside of my comfort zone more”. Maybe I should try things that feel scary…maybe not every time, but once in a while would be good. I’m sure that this would never lead me to fly around upside down on a swing way up in the air, but I could begin by taking small risks…little leaps of faith towards enriching my life and increasing self assurance. Sometimes I get stuck in what feels familiar, and this isn’t always good for me…both in my personal and creative life. I feel a change coming. And now I just have to figure out “what” exactly. I wonder, have any of you been contemplating any big changes for yourselves as well?
After Old Quebec we moved on to Montreal for a few days before coming home. I’ll soon be putting together a post on that (it might include a craft project that I came across while reading the local morning newspaper at our hotel). I haven’t had a chance to try out the project yet, but if it comes out good I’ll certainly share it.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve all been enjoying the summer so far.