As I work through my feelings this week from yet another tragedy, this time in Nice — shock, disbelief, anger, sadness, despair — I have to stop and center myself on something that is quite the opposite of all those negative feelings. Tout le monde est en deuil, all the world is in mourning.
I need to zero in on things of beauty, things that bring me comfort and joy, on people and pets and food and music and art and things I can connect to, to keep myself grounded, to find peace in ordinary things.
Real things I can touch or smell, and things of beauty where I can witness sunlight streaming through, like the illumination of the veins in this alabaster vase. To know the sun is shining again.
As I wrote last week, at our core we are all connected. So my wish for you is to find someone to connect with, or something in which you can find beauty or peace, and choose to restore the joy that is still present in everyday lives. I am thankful that my friends and their families in France are all safe. Now they, like us, have to pick up the pieces and figure out how to go on. Let’s all help each other.
One of the things that brings me comfort and joy is ICE CREAM. Today is National Ice Cream Day in the U.S., and in case you didn’t know that, here is a link to some sweet deals.
Or of course you can just do like me, and enjoy a scoop from whatever happens to be in your freezer. This time it’s chocolate chip, but I need to get cracking and experiment with a few of the new recipes I have. Roasted Strawberry with Balsamic Vinegar ice cream anyone? For me, ice cream makes everything better.