Relearning an old lesson

Last week, in my five-month letter from Paris, I said Paris’s grim and grey day-to-day life had thrown me into melancholie. As I wrote that letter, I longed for blue skies and friendly faces, but I felt they would never come. Well, ask and you shall receive, my friends! These past few days have been some of the sunniest I’ve seen all winter.

My friend Matthieu snapped these photos a couple of days ago as we strolled through the Parc de Sceaux, which I blogged about  last year. The sun was teasing us as we walked, peeking out from behind the clouds just long enough for us to notice how beautiful the park looked in its rays.

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Do you see the rainbow?

It snowed a day after Matthieu took those pictures, and he went back to the park to capture it under a light blanket of snow.

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 Hm, that château looks familiar

It’s amazing how when you ask for something and actively strive to bring it into your life, it appears. I’m not just talking about sun, here. I mean that optimism and happiness I thought I’d lost. I mean friends and family who take all the clouds away. Sometimes, all you need to do is reach out to people and empower yourself in order for the things you desire to appear in your life. I’ve learned that first-hand in the past week or so, and it’s a lesson I’ll be sure to never forget.

It’s funny, though— I’d already come across this life lesson before.

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don’t, you will leak away your innate contentment.”

That quotation comes from Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, which I read over the summer. I shared this quote and many others from the book on the blog, but just like blessings, words of wisdom are things we need to continuously revisit, relearn and reapply.

As I continue to seek out positivity, now and throughout my entire life journey, I know this lesson will find me again and again. And thank goodness for it.

What are your favorite words of wisdom? Share them in the comments below, this girl can always use them! 

Smiles and all the best,

Savannah

All photos are by Matthieu Surjous! Merci beaucoup! 

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2 responses to “Relearning an old lesson

  1. Hi Savannah,

    I’m so incredibly jealous that you are studying in Paris right now! If I could go back in time, I would have totally tried to do at least one semester in college abroad. It’s definitely really difficult to get away for more than a week or two once you start working.

    By the way, my new years resolutions are all tied to happiness as well. I find that the most helpful resolution that I made last year was to commit myself to be continuously adventurous (say yes to invites to events even if I don’t really know the host, go on trips with new friends…you never know who you’ll meet and where you’ll end up. there will be some hits and some misses, but the hits usually more than make up for the misses – my Peru trip is a good example) and to find little amusements in the dullness of the daily grind.

    Cat

    • Hey Cat! Thanks for the comment!
      I love the idea of committing oneself to adventure. That seems like a fulfilling way to live :)
      If it’s any consolation, I am totally jealous of your Peru trip! That place looks incredible and I hope to get over there myself someday. Looking forward to reading more about it!

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