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Our Reflection, Reflected… Bouncing Back and Forth…

Today Jane and I had a very happy day, mainly spent in the laundrette…

We had started the day again on a very wild and windy Woolacombe beach, and come gratefully home to the delicious Score Valley House Hotel breakfast, where we had a lot of fun showing Paul and Donna – our hosts – the vlog ( featured here) that we had just made…

I then had a very enjoyable Spanish lesson with Maricarmen where we read – en Español – a story about a stag…

…He was a thirsty stag and so he went down to a pool to drink… In the pool he saw his reflection and he admired his beautiful antlers… But he didn’t like his legs at all, he thought that they looked thin and weak… A lion then approached and so the stag ran away… At first they were in open terrain and so the stag was running very fast away from the lion and keeping his distance… But then they reached the forest, and the stag’s antlers got caught in the branches of the trees… A few seconds later the lion caught up with the stag…!

We then looked at a proverb associated with tale… ‘Dime de qué presumes y te diré de qué careces….’ Which translated says…’Tell me what you boast, and I will tell you what you lack…’

A tale of a stag looking at his reflection, which offers us the chance to reflect on areas in our life where we might be stuck through our reliance on things outside us; which can point an arrow to areas of ‘lack’ within us… Reflected in these things we are attached to outside of ourselves… Investigation into our attachment to or need of these things can offer us the possibility of growth… Our reflection shimmering everywhere we look around us, bouncing back and forth…

It is good practise to listen to what we say always…

In our conversations we can hear ourselves, and see the places we are more identified with… This can be in terms of our career, our hobbies, our sport, our relationships, our children, grandchildren… Noticing any area we are ‘boasting’ or speaking about a lot, is valuable to reflect on whether this is to gain a chimera of safety or security and so cover up our fear or insecurity in areas within us where we do not feel whole…

I love my Spanish lessons, because it is a journey which is about so much more than learning a foreign language…

Today Maricarmen also taught me a phrase which she said was, ‘in effect’ the Spanish for ‘Absolutely’… She has noticed I say it a lot in recognition of what another is saying, and a direct translation to ‘absolutamente’, is not what Spanish people would say colloquially…

‘Ya te digo…’ Is very Spanish, Maricarmen said, and so it my new response… ‘It will suit you to say that’ she continued… ‘I will like hearing you use that phrase…’ And so I have been practising with Jane today…

And we have a lot of time to practise… ! As I have already said,  our day has been mainly spent in the laundrette…

There is a very long story as to why this has been so, but in short, it was to do with accidentally putting a machine onto a cold wash, then there not being enough – if any – washing powder in the machines, which said they already had it in; so washing the clothes ‘again’ with extra soap suds in; and then putting money in the drier which started another person’s clothes going round again (because we’d put the money in the wrong slot 🙂 … All in all, three hours and three washes later, three times extending the car park tickets – much laughter and lots of chat, where the only thing lacking was a cup of coffee and a cream tea… We emerged to carry on with our plan to go to the museum boasting pickled bats which we were looking forward to seeing…

We were hungry though, so more chatting time over a cup of coffee and a piece of cake meant we arrived at the museum two minutes after it closed…

So we tumbled back into the car and drove to Berrynarbour which my sister in law Haze had suggested we visit; a place rich with beautiful childhood memories for her, and a stunning drive for us along the beautiful craggy coast line which brought us into the idyllic village with white painted houses and an abundance of colourful flowers…

The moral to our tale, is to simply to enjoy ‘what is’, to be where we are, fully and wholly embrace the experience as there is only this moment… Jane and I had the most delightful and rich experience in the laundrette in Ilfracombe, all for a mere £26 🙂

 

 

 

I have been running all of my life – it feels I was born to run. In the running step I experienced freedom and my true expression. I came to see that I needed to ‘get out of the way of myself’ and let my energy flow through the running step; allow it to express itself in the dance and the motion of running. I ran for England and GB for some years. My first international was in 1979, a three mile cross country race; and I continued to run at international level until 1993. Two of my best results were first place in the Dublin City Marathon in 1985 and 7th place woman, 3rd British woman in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31, which gained me selection for the Commonwealth Games.

As a little girl I ran barefoot for many years, and then I put on shoes to race around the world. Fifty years later I am travelling the world as a nomad with my husband Anadi and I have taken off my shoes and I am running barefoot again….

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