I love this blog from 2008.  It was an extraordinary day in Florence.  Thought provoking and magical all at the same time. It did seem like a smaller world that day.  Today I am wondering if perhaps Covid has somehow increased the distance between people and has expanded our world.  Are we still a global village?  Travel connected us.  Maybe someday it will again.  Take care everyone.

It’s a Small World June 2008

Yesterday, here in Florence I saw David. THE David by Michelangelo.  It is a magnificent work of art and the marvel of it is in the detail and the size.  It was wonderful and I enjoyed the experience tremendously.  I was even more touched by a plaster cast of a marble statue entitled Dancing Girls, more because of the personal attachment I had to it immediately and even more so once I read the details of the statue.  The two girls in the statue were among the daughters of Lady Charlotte Campbell of Scotland.  Being a Charlotte of Scottish heritage myself (Charlotte Nancy Love, MacKinnon Clan, Isle of Skye) that caught my eye.  And when the girls’ names were a match for my two daughters, I was even more intrigued.  My daughters are also dancers so the whole experience was interesting and made me smile and think about how we may all be repeating the lives of our ancestors in increasingly modern versions …

The other thing that happened that was astounding was that as we were leaving the Accademia, I literally ran into a friend from Edmonton, a PULSE Practitioner and former high school principal like me.  She was in Belgium for the summer visiting her daughter. We were both surprised and spent a few moments catching up and looking for ways to get together when we return.  What are the chances?  What lesson is in a chance meeting like that?  Now I am on the lookout for familiar faces and it seems that everyone I see could be someone I know. 

It is so much fun to be away and see the world from another perspective.  Perspectives on your own world change too, sometimes almost imperceptibly … but they do.  It is a small world.  Being gentle and honest, open and specific and talking with people you encounter comes back to you and makes chance future encounters a joy.  Enjoy.