Best laid plans…

It was about midnight, I had checked with Anadi; did he mind if I quickly responded to my friends on FB YouTube and LinkedIn?

The fun of global connection…

He didn’t mind at all, and was doing some work on his own computer; when it died!

Complete death… It’s been having a  few funny turns recently but this looked very final…

After some research, it appeared that all Apple Mac doctor appointments in the surrounding areas were chocca full until about Tuesday, and we fly to Spain in the morning….

We are here in England for a day, for my birthday treat to see the musical Mama Mia, which I love… I have seen it twice before, the last time was 8 years ago for my 50th birthday celebrations with my sister, Rosy and brother Stuart, their families and my friends Jane and Wendy…

It had felt then very fitting, and in keeping with the energy of the show to be there with two wonderful girl friends, and my closest family… And, now also in keeping with the ‘plot’, I am going with my love…

I had also hatched a plan to go running barefoot in Hyde Park this morning, as I had thought about the Serpentine Lido, which is a sectioned off part of the Serpentine, 30m x 100m for ‘open water swimming’!

My plan was that there would be changing facilities and a possible shower, before going on to the theatre…! Anadi was up for this…

But the best laid plans and all that.

We kept looking for a solution, Anadi needs to have a computer for his work, and suddenly after much online searching a 9am appointment appeared in Epsom…

One of the things I love about being with Anadi is that if unexpected things happen, we flow with what is occurring and adjust accordingly.

I have told this story before, but I would like to share it again, because it was an important formative experience in my life and shaped me… I learnt this valuable lesson when I was about 7 or 8 from my Grandfather…

The logs for our winter log fire had arrived, a great big pile lay in the garden waiting to be put in an orderly fashion under cover. My Grandfather who was staying for the weekend offered to take on the job of stacking them in the wooden ‘lean-to’ shed, with me and my littler sister Rosy… We spent the morning happily piling the logs neatly on top of each other in the shed… Once completed, Grandfa, rosy and I stood back to survey our morning’s work…

A lone log started to tumble down….

And then another and another and another. We stood, a silent trio watching our hard work undo… When the last log had escaped, Grandfa turned to us and said very calmly ‘Come on little girls, come on little girls, we will start again…’

And we did just that.

This attitude imprinted itself in me and became a natural way of adjusting, responding, living, and in turn helping others respond and adjust all of my life; and in Anadi I have met a like soul, a twin flame.

We have found the nomadic life to be of great value in challenging any parts of us that might try to hold on to perceived safety; we have both paradoxically seen ourselves relax more deeply as we have needed to adjust to change and impermanence, and truly find the security within ourselves rather than from any outer chimera…

And I have discovered that from this place of recognising that nothing is certain, my enjoyment of life has magnified…

And so today Anadi disappeared at ‘early o clock’ to the Mac Doctor and I went to Hyde Park where I ran about barefoot on the grass; chatted with two women who were at the Lido training for the London triathlon, and then swam in the Serpentine with the geese and the weeds!

It was freezing cold, but so invigorating, and an equally freezing cold shower pool, side to rinse me afterwards.

And then I made my way to covent Garden where I found Anadi and we took a fun bumpy ride in a tuk tuk to the theatre…

A perfect finale to my birthday time…!