“Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important”. Janet Lane.
Over the past three weeks I had the intention of writing whilst I unhurriedly made my way through the charming streets of Paris. However, there was simply too much to see and too much to savour and in this instance crème brulee and chocolate mousse simply won out. Not to mention the Pantheon, Saint Chapelle, Monet’s gardens and all the sumptuous iconic sites, book stalls, and tea houses of this extraordinary city.
I love to observe and had time to do so sitting in cute little cafés whilst tapping into my school French! I was constantly in awe (and sometimes in shock) of how people carry themselves both physically and emotionally. What can you see when you observe? What attracts you to another?
As always, travelling is about the people you meet. It is about those special moments when a smile lifts your heart and knowledge is exchanged. Whether one is donned in Chanel or Dior, nothing is more attractive than a smile! And it was a 6-year-old’s smile that connected me to Paris.
I was sitting in a café nestled alongside a little boy and his mother. I noticed the child when I entered the café. The waitresses were pouring affection upon him and he was chatty, bright and exuberant with large inquisitive eyes and a personality of sunshine. As I was chatting away to my friend opposite me, the boy’s mother politely interrupted our conversation to say that her child, Noa, would like to say how lovely my ear-rings were. I turned around to him and melted into his big smile and replied how thankful I was for the compliment. With that he asked permission to kiss me! (They mature early in France!). And alas a friendship was borne!
Thus followed an animated conversation with Moira and Noa and a consequent day spent together learning about life in France. Nothing was too much trouble….fun, laughter, hospitality and kindness! It’s moments like these that make your stay so wonderful. The photo above is of Moira’s children. You can see the delight and joy in these little beings.
Only yesterday I had a new student express to me that one of the things she wanted to gain from yoga was ‘to smile’ more often. Of course by being internally peaceful and happy one will then exude warmth and in turn connect positively with those around them.
I know I am always talking about smiling and the expression one carries, but I realize more and more how important it is for us to become mobile portraits of ‘joie de vivre’, the exultation of spirit.
“Look up not down; smile don’t frown; live with grace, gratitude and kindness” Annemaree
Thank you so much for those kind words.
I don’t know you, but Moira, who is one of my best friend, told me about your meeting and the wonderful time she had with you.
It was few days ago, and here you are talking about that shared moment you enjoyed as well. And in such a wonderful way.
More, I spent the last 4 days with her children while she was away with her husband, and I had the pleasure to dive in their smiles and happiness all day long.
You had met the right French family and I’m glad you had a quality time with them in Paris.
I’m so thankful they’re part of my life and that now, they’re part of yours.
I hope, next time I’ll meet you too and will also share with you smiles, grace and kindness.
I am very grateful that you took time to write such a gorgeous note. Thank you.
I feel very lucky to have such true friends !!!