I have been home a week now and I finally feel that I’m back in this time zone! Just one of the side effects of travel and one that will not keep me from traveling far and wide whenever possible. It’s the adventure of travel that is the draw, the magnet to experience people, places and things beyond my current surroundings.
I want to thank those that commented on my posts on Facebook. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and our experience. It was a dream of a lifetime. Allow me to reflect on the intentions that I set before leaving:
We had a safe trip all through Manchester, UK and Ireland. We had but one delay in air travel which I don’t consider affecting safety. Tim did an amazing job of driving on the left side of the road and shifting from that position with his left hand. The delay in our flight allowed us to arrive in Dublin late at night so traffic was minimal. The change in plans worked out for the best as always; delayed flight, minimal traffic to adjust to driving changes. Sights and sounds, aromas and tastes were all grand. The people were open and welcoming to us everywhere we went. We got to experience an Irish breakfast, gastropub food, music and interesting local beers and beautiful sights.
The most important take home from this trip was the connection between me and my son. Years before my mother transitioned, I decided to just enjoy her without trying to suggest changes in how she did things even if the suggestion would make her life easier. It wasn’t happening and she was set in her ways. And I learned it was more important to accept her just as she was and cherish our time together. It’s about respect, love, peace, family. My son and I have reached that place in life now. There’s communication with love, acceptance and respect. My heart is full and my mind holds the beautiful memories of our trip together.
Is there someone in your life whether home, friend or career that you need to “see” differently, “see” with a different lens? The greatest gift we give to ourselves and those around us is to accept everyone right where they are as their own unique, special person. Embrace them and the new peaceful, more loving connection.