Friday, July 11, 2014

ACCEPT WHAT IS, BUT ALLOW YOURSELF TO DREAM...

Arbon, Bodensee - Spring 2014
On days when it was too hot, they did not leave their room. The dazzling brilliance from outside plastered bars of light between the slats of the blinds. Not a sound in the village. Down below, on the sidewalk, no one. This spreading silence increased the tranquility of things. In the distance, the caulkers’ hammers tamped the hulls, and a heavy breeze brought the smell of tar.
- Gustave Flaubert, A Simple Heart
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
- Lao Tzu

 Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
 - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Summer has finally arrived.

My drowsy village is falling into a deep slumber and my head is filled with dreams of far away destinations.

From my tranquil ivory tower, I gaze towards the Jura mountains and imagine I am sitting in one of the aeroplanes that is swiftly taking off in the horizon.

Oh, how sweet it would be to discover new landscapes, immerse myself in another culture and feel free for a while!

I wish my summer days would be filled with adventures, laughter and insouciance, but instead I very seldom leave my fortress of solitude* or escape the routine.

Nonetheless, I am thankful for what I have (a drama-free life, an thoughtful and loving boyfriend, a cutie pie kitty, kind friends - real and virtual, a countryside apartment with a killer view,  the gift of contentment, optimism, wonder and awe, etc...) and I never lose hope for a better tomorrow.


Good things come to those who wait...


* aka my flat

40 comments:

  1. What a beautiful landscape! I love the vibrant colors, wish I was there. :)

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  2. Gorgeous summer blue! It has been raining over here..hopefully the summer will be here next week.

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  3. This is so lyric Rosa and so true, I'm grateful for what I have, too. Wonderful pictures again and a stunning landscape, one can easily write books, poems and compose songs .Cheers.

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  4. Great shots, Rosa! And nice thoughts...

    ela h.
    Gray Apron

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  5. Great quotes, lovely photos. Fun way to begin the weekend -- thanks.

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  6. I love your sleepy little village Rosa! it is beautiful, I could sit on the roof and stare out all day.

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  7. Je deviens de plus en plus accro à ces bleus qui nous happent....

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  8. Rosa, a beautiful post... and so much blue summery sky... thank for for bringing some sunshine to my wintery world downunder!

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  9. It IS a beautiful post..photos..quotes..thoughts.

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  10. The constasts, the colors, the words, beaming with wonderment and dreams...Thank you so much for sharing, Rosa...

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  11. Love your perspective about your life! You live in such a beautiful place!

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  12. Lovely post and so true - do the best with what you have.
    Sam

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  13. I know what you mean- I hate being stuck at home whilst looking at everyone's facebook posts of holidays in far away places :( I'd love to be where you live right now though- the pictures are so beautiful!

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    1. It isn't always easy to be "left behind". In fact, that's not where I live (Lake Constance). I took these pictures in May, when we were visiting my BF's mother who lives in Graubünden... I live in canton Geneva.

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  14. Beautiful photos - the sky looks absolutely amazing!

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  15. I wrote down the quote from Lao Tzu on a piece of paper to remind me to have a grateful heart. Your photos are splendid and your story is so poetic.

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  16. I love this post! It really made me think. I jotted a few of the quotes into my journal for the days that I need them. Beautiful photo too! x

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  17. Thoughtful quotes & stunning photos Rosa. Thanks for always inspiring us!

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  18. Yes, good things do come to those who wait, Rosa. In the meantime, you live in beauty, there are books to take you away and you have a loving boyfriend. What a fortunate woman!

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  19. Beautiful quotes and beautiful pics.
    Like the way you look at life and landscapes.
    Just remember Rosa: the grass is always greener.....:))

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  20. Beautiful photographs. I've always dreamed of living by the sea.

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  21. You live in a such beautiful place. It's really important to be thankful for your life in present. We people tend to live with our minds in the future or past and forget to enjoy the present.

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  22. Jolie lecon de philosophie Rosa. Passe une belle et douce semaine

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  23. Lovely words and stunning photos, Rosa.

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  24. I love the blue, water, far mountains, and sky. Beautiful Rosa and calming too!

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  25. ça donne envie de partir loin....

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  26. I have a soft spot for Winnie the Pooh. Your photos are breathtaking as always...

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  27. So gorgeous Rosa. The pictures and the words...

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  28. Lovely post and such nice pictures.

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  29. I couldn't have said it better about accepting what we have but it never hurts to dream. One of the little pleasures of life that doesn't cost a thing.

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  30. Where would you love to fly to? I find myself day-dreaming of exotic destinations sometimes. Most of the times, I would just be with my family in Italy.

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    1. I'd love to visit Scandinavia and see England again... You are lucky to still have family you can visit abroad. :-)

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  31. I love these pictures, feels so relaxing.

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  32. We can and should always dream, and at the same time be thankful for what we have... like you so beautifully wrote.

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