Wow - over four months since I've done this. What happened? I can tell you and it is supremely embarrassing. I got interested in a certain dietary restricted someone. And it and he have been wonderful - but boy does it cut into my aimless wandering and reflective thinking time. Even more than that, my READING has decreased incredibly - so you know how much time this is taking up.
Although I know I have a few people that read this from time to time (key word FEW) - I am always writing this to someone in particular. You all know her, some better than others. That person is none other that the girl who started this blog. Claire from May 2009 - June 2010. That person, I always try to make these important, appealing, or even confusing to her in some way. Because that person was VERY carefree and figuring so many things out my natural happenings....but they were very forced at the same time. I had so few obligations during that time period that I discovered things that I would always go back to, the very NON-FLEETING things. And despite not having too much for which to be responsible - I was forced into many situations that made me grow. I look to that person to make sure I'm rooted in my basic being.
Today I found this quote - and I feel it resonates with m current ideals - one which I know would also resonate with *that* girl. This is one of those gems that I know will stick with me for a lifetime - not just while I'm going through something difficult currently. No, this is something that I will add to my core essence and lock it up.
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Goodbye for today, mes amis, and let's hope it isn't another four months before I speak to everyone again. xxx