Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

A beautiful present from across time and oceans

What do you do when you are feeling down? Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 17.26.37.pngwhen nothing is working as it should, everything seems to be rudely delayed when not abruptly cancelled, even your friends are becoming irritating and you feel like having a huge thundery cloud over your head?

For me, the deafening merciless karaoke downstairs has added a dramatic dimension to everything as I hadn’t slept more than 3 h  a night over the last 2 weeks.

Lucky you you can’t see me right now. Ornated with a beautiful cold sour and the bags under my eyes are so big they can only be designer!

I am not an early bird or a night howl any more. I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon.

That’s how the doorman found me when he brought me a letter from Europe.

Yes, you read well, in the 21rst century, a letter, written on paper with a pen! And you have no idea how it not only made my day, but my week and I am still surfing on the good vibes..Inside the letter was this beautiful picture (sorry Christina my pic doesn’t do justice to it).

img_0098The letter was sent some 3 months ago from Germany. In priority! Tells you a lot about the post system in the Philippines ..

It was not send for any special occasion, just for the sake of thanking me for our friendship. And it touched me so much. Her letter made me realise how those  2 magic words “thank you” are so incredibly meaningful. I am sure most of us are genuinely thankful for the people we have in our life, but how many times do we actually tell them? when was the last time you voiced a Thank You to someone you care for?

The letter came with this lovely picture of a dandelion. What would my wish be? … Moving to Canada in a few months? teaching more Yoga classes? finally getting a real job again?

Nahhhh.. None of them seemed meaningful enough in the long run. So here is the one I chose:

I wish to make my family and friends family as happy, content and grateful as they make me feel, and always remember to let them know how much I care for them.

Over the last days, I have adapted my yoga practice. When I set up my intention before practicing the asanas, I focus on gratitude. When I am guiding my students in savasana, I tell them to inhale peace and exhale gratitude. Yes, it takes a little practice. At the end of the day, I think everyone gets to decide how Happy they want to be because everyone gets to decide how grateful they are willing to be .. Thanks again my dear friend for the reminder, I am so happy to know you too! And  thank you to all my other virtual friends! To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to care enough and be there. Just as you are 🙂

How about you, what wish would you make ?

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12 comments on “A beautiful present from across time and oceans

  1. justbluedutch
    October 18, 2016

    Thank you for making this worthy of mention.You are most welcome.
    Its actually a good thing that it reached you! Back then in Kuwait, the mail that I’m waiting never came to our doorstep!
    I’m so glad you appreciate gesture like this,you know me, I am very traditional in a way that I love personalized and snail mail is definitely one thing that I adore. There is something about receiving a letter from post, it never compares to emails or social media tags.

    P.S.
    That karaoke thing always make me laugh..lol, haven’t you fully integrated there, you should learn how to sing :)))

    • estelea
      October 18, 2016

      ..My dear, Karaoke is the worse combo ever: people who shouldn’t drink and people who shouldn’t sing. Ever 😛

  2. lexklein
    October 18, 2016

    That first image is very representative of my head right now. I don’t know if a letter from afar would calm my head, but your words about gratitude, peace, and happiness are good advice for me!

    • estelea
      October 19, 2016

      Really? your mind is running amok? Now I understand even better why you are missing Mongolia so much then ..If mine is somehow “calm” it is only because we are flying back home on Friday. The only things on my mind are French family, food and friends. Hope you’ll find all the solutions you are wishing for so your mind can give you some peace 😉

      • lexklein
        October 19, 2016

        Ahhhh, have a great time! I’m working on myself and my mess …. all will be fine, eventually!

      • estelea
        October 20, 2016

        Sending you massive doses of great vibes all the way ! And a virtual bottle of great French champagne as it’s well known for its ability to clear all problems 🍾 xxx

  3. anroworld
    October 18, 2016

    If It’s my only wish that I am allowed to do then it would be – to see no more war, no more cancer, no more terrorism…i guess i divided one into three already…

    • estelea
      October 19, 2016

      Amen to that ! To peaceful times, eventually ❤

  4. Yvette Bouaziz
    October 18, 2016

    Venez vite mes chéris. Ici,les karaoke sont remplacés de de très doux chants d’oiseaux.il fait un peu plus frais qu’à Cebu,mais je prête ma super doudoune. Et on peut faire la grasse matinée !

    • estelea
      October 19, 2016

      Comme diraient les Attilas, on arrive chez Mamie dans 2 dodos, yupppiiiiii 😀

  5. amommasview
    October 19, 2016

    How beautiful of your friend. If I were in your shoes I would probably wish for the Karaoke downstairs to break down…

    • estelea
      October 19, 2016

      Oh yeah! thanks for your understanding dear ! I feel even more sleep deprived than when I was breastfeeding, says a lot 😛 Can’t wait to only hear the birds in the morning, their singing is so much nicer … France in 2 days!

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