I’m back! In all senses of the word. I’m back from my travels, back to walking, back to writing. And starting to climb back from the dark hole into which I was plunged when Britain voted in favour of Brexit last week.
Coming back from somewhere almost always means change, and I’ve certainly been changing over the course of this past winter and spring. As I told you in my last post, I’ve learned so much from my daily blogs and I want to take those lessons forward. I want to keep the spontaneity, the immediacy, the informal voice… but I also want to start going deeper. I want to reveal more of who I am, what I’ve learned, and how I feel – because that’s what showing up in the world is really all about. I’m not sure exactly how to go about doing it, but I’m sure I’ll find my way once I cross the threshold and start down the path.
And I’m doing that now!
So, why a photo of a safety pin? I read about a kindness campaign last night that really touched my heart. The author put some things into words so nicely and has suggested a small and friendly step that any/all of us can take to encourage peace and safety in our communities. (Read about it here. It is not just for Brits!) In a nutshell, I am wearing a safety pin as a notice to the world that I am a safe person who believes in cultural diversity. The campaign asks people to wear an empty safety pin as a badge to symbolise solidarity against racism, letting any potential targets know that the wearer is a friendly face. No slogans, no words. Just kind hearts revealing themselves as they walk in the world together and separately. Let’s spread the word. #safetypin
It’s good to be back. I’ve missed you all! I won’t always be this deep because walking should be fun… but what walker can deny that their walking time is also their best thinking time?
4 thoughts on “New Steps”
I’m so glad you’re back! I’ve missed you. I’m off to Scotland in a few days, with a group of Scottish dancers, but with more walking than dancing planned. At least one labyrinth is on my personal itinerary – Dunure, and a lot of standing stones. Thank you for the story of the safety pin. I’ll share it with my fellow travelers .
Connie, that sounds wonderful! Dunure is stunning… I will love knowing that we are on the same big island for a while. Travel safe and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
I’ve missed our walks and the way you made extraordinary visible and comfortable from just a walk to a wondrous place to view physically or emotionally. And I Light Link with you in holding peace and safety in or world! Lots of love, Nydia
Light Link…. as always you have the perfect words, Nydia. I’m excited to be back, eager to discover and share the beauty of my adopted country (and the other places we travel). I so often think of you as I go about my day, considering what I want to tell you about. xx