Hello friends, colleagues and fellow adventurers,
September is officially here (or has been for a while) and I have been organizing my next trip since my last post. This time I am off to Canada’s capital: Ottawa and then on to Montreal in Quebec for an interpreting assignment. I’ll continue blogging and uploading some photos on the road, interpreting schedule permitting.
With September here, everyone returning from vacation, and kids going back to school, I have noticed how easy (and tempting) it can be to get pulled in different directions. Work, commitments, family members, pets, extended family and others tugging on various sleeves (pant legs) or just plain on me, I sometimes find challenging to stay on course. And, as soon as my focus leaves my work and my commitments (including the most vital personal commitments), everything seems to get a bit blurry (probably because I am not focusing on it!) I’ve had a couple of conversations about this with friends and colleagues recently – good to know I’m not the only one… So today, after receiving an email from my Luna Yoga friend in Austria first thing in the am, inviting me to her new yoga/ energy/ dance studio opening, I realized this:
Precisely because there is so much hustle and bustle – which is distracting – it is even more important to work on my internal focus and give myself what I need to stay centered (time, exercise, space, whatever). So I returned to my practice of “the daily walk” (first thing in the morning) to clear my mind. I am also clearing my office/ environment of any clutter, because that, too, can be distracting. And sometimes and in between I am practicing just being still for a few minutes and doing nothing.
I’ll keep you posted. Happy travels!
Your Traveling Translator