Encouragement for the Journey 29 May 2015

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Encouragement for the Journey 29 May 2015

Encouragement for the Journey

French cafe

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

Once more I find myself in a café writing this week’s Encouragement for the Journey. A cafe is an interesting and fascinating place in which to write. I admit I would like to have been around in the 1920’s and spent time in the cafes of Paris, Berlin or Vienna. Alas, that will never be, for time travel is not yet quite perfected. This week I came across the following book with this cartoon on the cover:

The focus of this book is how a café is not only a place to enjoy a cup of good coffee, it is also a space in which one may think and have conversation. Since the eighteenth century artists, writers, poets, and philosophers to name a few, have gathered in café’s to have creative dialogue, exchange ideas, debate, and in some ways this changed the cultural face of Europe and the world. I think I will get this book and enjoy what it offers, for now, the title intrigues me: ‘The Thinking Space.’

In our busy, gadget filled world, we need more than ever to create and ensure ‘Thinking Spaces’ are present in our lives. The kind of Thinking Space we each need and create will be different for each of us. Sometimes this occurs over coffee at a table with a friend or at times when we are alone.

What is important is that we make space for our own personal thinking space, in which we reflect on our lives, on what is important and what changes we may need to ensure our lives become more in balance. In our thinking spaces we find the courage to open our eyes for the next step on the journey.

I leave you with this poem from – Tomas Transtromer. (Swedish Poet)

Espresso

Black coffee at sidewalk cafes

with chairs and tables like gaudy insects. 

It is a precious sip we intercept

filled with the same strength as Yes and No.

 It is fetched out of the gloomy kitchens

and looks into the sun without blinking.

 In daylight a dot of wholesome black

quickly drained by a wan patron…

 Like those black drops of profundity

sometimes absorbed by the soul.

That give us a healthy push : Go!

The courage to open our eyes.

Meanwhile peace in our thinking spaces

Alf