“What we need is sincere self-examination. Not being on the watch for the fault of others.”-Elif Shafak by the ways of Shams of Tabrizi
I am not going to divulge in what led me to trek back to my self-examination journey again, but what I will say is I feel renewed. I had been finding myself in dark corners lately. Life changes hit me all at once and my emotional well-being took a hit.
What does one do when things seem to be crashing on them?
think it through
act with compassion
Simple, eh? I needed to remind myself of this strategy. I needed to walk back to the road of enlightenment, a path of self examination. Purely self examination. No one else matters. Not my partner. Not my family. Not my friends. Not the world. Just me.
It is hard work, I tell you. To constantly have to stop and think. And of course, re-direct the narrative in my head to only focus on myself. But I am here again. Shams, I am here with you, again!
I forget how much solo traveling has shaped my being. I spent years alone, at home and on the road. There was so much time and space for reflection and self-improvement. That is what I will need to learn to carve out time and space for… self-love!
Our passports have been collecting dust for a few years now and it is time to take them on the road. Us, Nguyen-Neumanns, are headed for Iceland! I am beyond excited to be planning excursions and experiences for our family.
O will definitely turn 1 in a very epic way.