|Jae and Me circa early 70's - we both still look just like this! (Well maybe not JUST like this.)|
"The more things change, the more they stay the same"
That isn't what I originally sat down to write about but you know what often happens when you start something on the Internet. It leads you to something else and then something else. What a wonderful thing to have so much knowledge - and bull shit - at your fingertips.
Nothing much of note has been happening with us over the past few days. With one very big exception which was our lunch with friends J & K. Originally we were planning to have a casual lunch in a harbour side restaurant on Monday - which was the official public holiday for Australia Day. That was the day that Sydney got hit with it's share of the torrential downpour from the x-cyclone (as the press kept calling it) that had already ravaged Queensland. We needed rain but - my goodness - we got a month's worth in one day! So we decided instead to have an impromptu dinner party at their house. What a great decision that turned out to be!!! Great food, great wine, and good times with great friends. We hadn't had such a fun day in a while although we did, however, take a bit of time to get moving the next day. Neither Mr G nor me is used to quite that level of alcohol any more.
So back to not much going on. While walking to the gym this morning I was thinking about how much life has changed for me in the past 6 months. I left work and I'm enjoying it, changed gyms and now motivating myself to train without personal trainers, I'm learning to live frugally on a budget, I'm cooking almost every day and night, reading more and just generally living a lot differently than less than a year ago. And yet, with all that change, things are pretty much the same ... with the exception that I believe I am becoming more mindful. When you slow down you really do have the opportunity to appreciate more of what's around you. In my walk this morning I had a wonderful moment patting a neighbourhood cat I hadn't noticed before - he was so animated and loving! When I got home the king parrots were outside on the railing and they are getting very tame. I realised I'm enjoying the little surprising things a lot.
So there...everything has changed but it's all still the same. I've just had the opportunity to see it through different eyes. Nice.