Day 1~ April 1st~ Congo

a smile where you least expect it

At  times when I hear myself grumble about my coffee not being the right taste or temperature, my mind goes back to this smiling girl and to her story…

After months of living in terror, running from prosecution by militias, escaping bullets, rape, sickness and capture, this Rwandan child arrived in a UNICEF supported medical clinic in Goma(Democratic Republic of Congo) on the Rwanda border. She receives milk in this orange cup and still has energy to flash me a heartfelt smile from her beautiful face and eyes heavy with exhaustion. 

For the month of April I will share stories and images from a live changing journey into war-torn Congo. 

All photos were taken in October of 2009.

Day Ninety Two, April 24, 2011

balance

Balance: how important it is in our lives. It is such a delicate dance, trying to find the middle place where life is harmonious. It is so difficult to live a balanced life with the pulls, tugs and demands of our daily goings on. And still it is so important to find it, to stand still for a moment and find that place again, where life is not too daunting, where stresses are kept at bay, and where values and standards are the main importance. And when balance is achieved, it is such a graceful sight!

photo: young Chinese acrobat performing at today’s Easter brunch in the Westin, Shanghai

the grace of balance

Day Forty Four, March 7, 2011

morning companions

I love mornings!

In the morning is when I feel inspired the most. It is at that time that ideas rush and flow in my mind. It is the time of day I treasure the most. I always wake up before

anyone else in my home and I tiptoe to brew my first delicious cup of coffee, always using the same cup that my friend Cecilia gave me,

and I sit for 15 minutes of ‘me time’ with my leather bound diary that I also treasure.

I love leather bound diaries, I feel that they are a luxury worth having since they hold my most intimate thoughts.

So this is how every day starts, and when it doesn’t then I am thrown off balance for the day.