We have returned from France and will during this week ease back into a full work schedule. It hardly seems possible that the trip is finished. When we finally got up today after 28 hours of flying and lay overs in various airports, Edmund said “well yesterday this time we were doing….” whatever it happened to be. Over a coffee we chatted about how fast the time went, it seemed like a long time coming when we booked in February but passed so quickly. As we chatted about the highlights and the fun we had together Edmund said the quote that keeps coming to mind is a thing of beauty is a joy that will last forever.
There is no doubt it will last forever. What we were able to experience, the educational, the spiritual and the fun rolled into one neat little package with lots of pictures will be something that we treasure, memories that we made to share. As the line from Keats poem says so beautifully “a thing of beauty is a joy forever.” So when life becomes busy, stress levels get high and escape is on the agenda, it is times like these that we can look to as a reminder of the beauty and joy that we experienced. There is a scene in the movie Pan (played by Robin Williams) where Pan returns to Neverland all grown up and unable to fly. As he struggles to fly Tinkerbell (played by Julia Roberts) says find your happy place. When he goes to a happy place he is able to once again soar. The memories we build are our happy places that help us soar, find peace, remember joy and just be in a happy place. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” and for both Edmund and I there are wonderful memories and joys of this trip.
“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”
― J.M. Barrie,