It is a beautiful, hot sunny day .....just been sat in the sun listening to bird chatter......is it because I sit out and listen because its warm and sunny that I hear them more.....or is it because its warm and sunny they chatter more?? I love the warm weather, I really should not be living in Manchester, though I do love my City. Its not just the warmth of the Sun I love its the warmth it brings out in people. Being this close to nature makes me think of John O'Donohue, the Irish Poet and scholar, full of soul and spirit. He wrote an astounding book called Anam Cara .....Anam is the gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. I am blessed with Soul Friends ......friends with whom I am able to share the hidden intimacies of my life. John O'D speaks of this friendship as being an act of recognition and belonging that cuts across all convention and category. On days like this I am able to be in touch with a grateful heart.
Most of my days are a whirlwind of activity....constantly trying to eek out another minute from within the day to elbow out 'painting time'. On days like this I realise how ridiculous I am thinking that can work......it just concentrates the 'disconnection'. So, bugger the washing, the decorating, the shopping, the answering of e-mails and phones......Im going to sit and listen and think of B and Ellen and Sherlock and John O'D ......my beautiful Anam Cara's.