BEGIN THE BEGUILE

IMG_6949It’s the 4th day of 2015 and it is bitterly cold.  I am depleted of energy, ambition and creativity.  The cold has sapped me of all, though Sheba and I went around the neighbourhood in – 36 degrees C.  Perhaps I overdid it yesterday with the swimming and then a long trek in the dog park.  It wasn’t as cold then, but my phone and camera both died simultaneously.

I’m trying to find some oomph.  I thought I could bake myself out of this slump.  I bought out my baking sheets.  Then I put them back.  I’m sitting here at the keyboard.  My fingers are stiff and achy with the weather.  I’m pushing myself.  Just begin!  I scold myself.  Type one word, any word and the rest will come.  Does that sound familiar to you?  It does work, once you start and make a commitment.  Funny how that works.

I went to Nova Scotia once to meet a group of email friends I met on the internet.  We were from various locations in Canada and the United States.  It started out as a whim, just wishful thinking.  I was not am not adventuresome nor brave especially in the travel alone department.  But somehow I went alone to meet these people.  I had a car rented.  I don’t drive well direction-wise either.  With a car rented, I couldn’t just sit at the airport for a week, could I?  I had to begin.

charlottetwonI did get lost once or twice.  Most likely it was more often.  But I managed to meet up with my friends and spent a few days of good times in Halifax and thereabouts.  Then I went on solo to Prince Edward Island, the home of Anne of Green Gables.  I was so thrilled driving over the Confederation Bridge, all alone, by myself – the woman who still gets lost in her home city of Saskatoon!  And there I was – in Charlottetown.  I had someone snap this picture just to prove to myself that I was there.

Had I not made a start back in 2002, had I just dismissed the idea that I couldn’t – act on a whim, I would not have met all the wonderful people who are still my friends today.  We have lost two of these friends.  I would not have all these warm memories and pictures to rouse me out of my malaise to begin anything on this cold winter day.

About hafong

Hello! My name is (Leung) Hafong alias Lily Leung. You always say the last name first….that is the Chinese way. That is my partner lurking behind me. Since this is my blog, I won’t mention his name. But this is a rather cool picture. You see me and yet you don’t…sort of the way I feel about myself most of my life. So this blog is a self-exploration, an archeology dig of some sort. My tools…..words of a thousand or so at a sitting. I will try for that.
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3 Responses to BEGIN THE BEGUILE

  1. Pauliina says:

    A beautiful story, I like how you write! Discipline and making a commitment does work and the adventure starts when we step out of our comfort zone. And memories last a lifetime! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lovely photos! I can tell you are all having a wonderful time. 🙂 ((Hugs!!)) xo

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