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Paris: Only An Ocean & Continent Away



Eiffel Tower, Paris

I took my lunchtime break from writing at our neighborhood beach yesterday. Having laboured all week on my latest book, I liked the idea of resting and recharging before getting back to the task of growing and developing. Except there wasn’t much growing and developing going on during the week, just writing blocks and frustration.So across the expanse of ocean I gazed, reflecting, musing, contemplating, and anguishing..... over Paris.  

An ocean and continent away, Paris is exactly 16,950 kilometres from Sydney, 21 hours and 40 minutes by plane. Smiling as I mused about the half dozen times I visited her over the years, I remembered the magic of savouring my first saucisson on a baguette , discovering the joy of watching the world go by from a bistro table, and the art of getting lost. I also anguished over the recent seven coordinated terror attacks carried out by militants, killing at least 129 people.

Working on my latest book “The Art of Smart Travel (and Why You Should Bother)” suddenly seemed pointless in the face of such tragedy. Why should any of us bother, indeed. Instead, I watched broadcast after broadcast on every channel and ferreted out updates that I might have missed from newspapers and Facebook.

My outlook, however, was transformed by The Project co-host Waleed Aly’s message to Australia’s politicians and Muslim leaders, who have been preaching ‘hate’ in the wake of the Paris attacks. According to Aly, their actions only serve to help Islamic State rather than defeat them. Aly highlighted the truth about the militant organisation, ISIL, as being weak. 

As I watched Aly’s video, the penny dropped. If joy, truth, and love is the language of the soul - it matters not in which order they are placed as one leads to the other - then the perpetrators of the carnage aimed to sow the very opposite: hatred, violence and lies. By attacking specific neighbourhoods in Paris known as places where men and women go to have fun and where religions and cultures mix, they terrorised everyday life in the “City of Light.” As one of the fortunate ones who has experienced the beauty of Paris, along with other parts of the world, I feel compelled to protect it. I want to continue to be a part of that beauty.

It’s time for us all to remember that we are always in the process of creating, every moment of every day. The tragic events of the world were created out of a fearful and dark mass consciousness. It is precisely when the world around us seems to be falling apart that we need to unleash some loving mass consciousness of our own. So love, laugh, and embrace your family and friends. Lend a helping hand to the less fortunate, wherever they may be from in the world. As for me, I will continue to work on my book and travel the world, albeit with my eyes wide open. After all, we are all just an ocean and continent away.

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Posted by Victoria Ugarte on 20th November, 2015 | Trackbacks
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