A week in Paris. A week of new connections. New friends. New lessons. New experiences.
My chart (using the keys on a keyboard) of link to people is something like this:
Me = Clarissa = Isabel = Joaquim = David, Raphael, Joaquim's brother
Me = Ibrahim (cafe owner/new friend)
Me = Charlotte (long lost friend from Florence, that I unexpectedly spent time with in Paris as she's now living there = Charlotte's friends from the theatre company
But I've now also been able to connect Charlotte to Joaquim! ;)
Lessons learned in Paris:
1) Always keep yourself open to opportunity.
I may have some sort of employment soon - the cafe owner, Ibrahim, has a friend that needs an assistant and he said that he would try to help me out. I would not have even had the slight chance at finding employment had I not been open and receptive to meeting Ibrahim. I also would have never been able to play bocce with old French men (and meet them) or to discuss life with an artist in a bar or any of the other things that I was privileged to do in Paris had I not kept myself open to opportunity.
2) Trust is a beautiful thing.
My hosts have been so trusting to allow me into their homes and lives without even knowing me.
3) Nothing is permanent (everything is temporary) and the present is all that exists - the past is but memory and the future is but an idea.
-Wise words from Charlotte, a wonderful woman that quite literally dances and sings through life (so beautiful).
4) Act when inspiration hits instead of waiting until later.
You could actually see inspiration strike Joaquim and he would immediately act upon it - even in the middle of a conversation. I like that. I typically procrastinate in most things...
All in all, I'm learning that keeping an open heart and an open mind (my old mantra) has proven to be 100% successful. A bit of controlled recklessness?