Nov 6, 2012

~ more paris tomorrow

I must preface my next post with a short message as I have had mixed feelings recently about posting at all. Especially posting such extravagance ~ vacationing in France ~ while there is unequivocal suffering and hardship going on. Even before Sandy, just days before I left for France, I attended a heartbreaking funeral, and although he was not close to me, he was much too young to go, and the sadness surrounding this loss is still with me.

It's not the first time I've posted through personal hardships. It's hard to post about normal life when life is not normal. In no way do I intend to overlook or dismiss what's going on! I am merely trying to create a sense of normalcy in my own life, and in doing so, perhaps I am able to provide a sense of comfort or support, possibly even a bit of cheer for someone else. My intention is not to ignore the disaster going on, but to provide an escape for anyone who is looking for one.. a distraction to inspire.

I sincerely hope I have not offended anyone in my attempt to continue sharing inspiration. I send all my love to those who are struggling, and pray for a quick rebound. I am optimistic that families and communities can find the good in such challenging times. I realize under the discouraging circumstances many are facing, that finding something to be grateful for may sound impossible, preposterous! However I am encouraged when I learn about people making a difference and touching the lives of strangers through loving motivation and enthusiasm, commitment and determination. It is this kind of good that will get us through hard times and allow us to look to the future with promise and hope.

More Paris tomorrow...





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11 comments:

Today's Treasure by Jen said...

Jan- In the midst of everything going on in the world I think it is becoming more and more important that we take time to enjoy simple beauty. Whether it's taking a walk on the beach or taking 5 minutes to enjoy a little piece of your French vacation it is how we recharge our souls. Thank you for your posts and I look forward to more Paris! ~Jen

Acquired Objects said...

What a beautiful post Jan and I hope you do go on with your blog. Yes while others pass and life throws us a curve ball in the face of a storm, the reality of it is that life goes on. And who of us doesn't love Paris? So please go on it's life happening.

XXX
Debra~

cindy said...

Ditto and well stated, Jan. We are all sensitive to disturbing news, close to home or not. It is difficult to release feelings of grief and injustice.

I have been having a hard time processing the nanny tragedy that occurred in our daughter's UWS neighborhood and the storm damage on the East Coast. Searching for joy, love and beauty in life, despite its difficulties, is what I believe God wants us to do.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Your words were very kindly spoken, as well as appreciated...my heart is right there in them~ Have a lovely journey~

Linda said...

I really get a lift from looking at and reading our posts. We all know about the suffering that is going on all around us, and we experience things ourselves. A blog like yours is very inspiring and positive. I say, keep going!! Looking forward to more pictures of Paris!

Linda said...

I really get a lift from looking at and reading our posts. We all know about the suffering that is going on all around us, and we experience things ourselves. A blog like yours is very inspiring and positive. I say, keep going!! Looking forward to more pictures of Paris!

Decoratopia said...

We are moment by moment bombarded with the harsher realities of life thru all the media. Our hearts are heavy for the people going thru such a devastating time on the east coast right now. That said, we need beauty more than ever. Blogs - and yours in particular - are an escape for me. I crave the gentler side of life that isn't necessarily waiting for me outside my front door. My life has been topsy turvy for several years now, and I seek to crawl into my beautiful blogs and be comforted! It is right to recognize that these people are hurting, and keep them in our thoughts and prayers and whatever else we can do. But please keep up your beautiful posts - they are a lifeline for some of us!

HAMPTON HOSTESS said...

thank you for your lovely comment--things are finally getting back to normal here. Keep posting on your travels--everyone needs a bright spot these days and France seems just right!

Patricia said...

I agree with Decoratopia - we are all aware of, and heartbroken for the people that have been so harshly affected by the tragedy on the East coast. But we are voluntarily coming to your blog to be inspired and uplifted by your posts and beautiful photos, and to forget for just a few minutes....Please don't feel you have to 'apologize' for showing us all some beauty still in this wonderful world....

BRASWELL said...

Thank you for those kind words! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Sarah said...

Well said. We are all thinking of our friends on the east coast. Difficult times for so many. Thank you for sharing these thoughts and kind words.