I’m getting teary as I write this

Posted on April 17, 2019

Monday was hard

I cried and I grieved.

I’m getting teary as I’m writing this.

It felt like a part of me was taken away. 

I felt it in my body.

Seeing Notre-Dame de Paris on fire was like having a part of me torn apart.
It’s like a part of me was on fire.

I know it will pass and the cathedral will be restored to its glory, but the grief is real and I won’t bypass it.

This is deep. A part of my French history, my heritage, my roots, where I come from. It is heartbreaking.

In my twenties, on my way to work, I would walk on the parvis of Notre-Dame every day, smiling at her beauty each time.

My grandma grew up and lived in Paris until she retired. A part of her is with Notre-Dame too.

Notre-Dame is in the heart of each French person.

It had me reflect on the impermanence of life; the impermanence of things and people we cherish.

Things and people dear to our hearts come and go.
We come and go.

This life in this physical realm is impermanent.
My life is.
Your life is.

The places you want to explore may not be here anymore if you wait.
The people you love may leave before you have the chance to say what you want to say.

You may get too old to do the things you want to do if you keep postponing them.

Have you been wanting to visit Paris and Notre-Dame for years and have been waiting and waiting?

Is there something you have always wanted to do and keep postponing it?

How long will you do that?
Are you waiting for “someday”?
or for the “right timing”?

Someday never comes.
There may never be a “right” timing neither.

…and it will be too late.

The place you want to see may be destroyed.
You may arrive at the end of your life without having pursued the work and life of your dreams.

So, what are you waiting for?

What is something you have always wanted to do and keep postponing it?
What step are you going to take TODAY to move towards it?

Share with me and do it!

TIME is precious, and your life too.

Take good care of it.

Isabelle

 


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