“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”. – Maya Angelou
Getting back from a vacation off the beaten path is always inharmonious to me. I seem to fall into a state of discontent for awhile as I adjust back to the hectic lifestyle of raising a family in America. I often feel more culture shock returning home than arriving into a place so different than my own, and it takes me a week or so to get back into the swing of my high paced life.
Of course there are things I could do to slow down but it is hard. I’m the kind of person who wants to do it all, and live life to the fullest. I put a high amount of pressure on myself to achieve. But honestly, I wouldn’t be happy if I didn’t try my best each and every day to make a difference with my life, to love my children and husband to the fullest and be a good mom, wife, person and citizen.
However, sometimes I need to take a deep breath, and slow down. To find harmony again within my body and soul. To remind myself of the places I’ve traveled to, both near and far, that have helped me find true peace, harmony and solitude.
My most recent piece of harmony was just last week in Nicaragua.
“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time.” – Hermann Hesse
“The fruit of silence is tranquility.” – Arabian proverb
“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have”. – Norman Vincent Peale
“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others”. – Peace Pilgrim
“After a storm comes a calm”. – Proverb
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”. – Mahatma Gandhi