Question for you: What place in the world have you carried around in your mind’s eye that you long to see or experience?
The Eiffel Tower? The light in Venice’s San Marco? The colors of the Grand Canyon at dawn? Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling? The Pyramids of Egypt? The Acropolis in Athens? Caravaggio’s Magdalene?
Whatever it is for you, close your eyes and see it right now. See the colors, touch the fabric or stone, feel the air around you, listen to what is calling you.
Imagination is a powerful engine for realizing our dreams. Some may call it day dreaming and a waste of time, but I disagree. I think that whatever we find ourselves longing for is a message from our soul that says, “Please pay attention to this.”
I took four years of French in high school (Italian wasn’t offered!). I fell in love with the language and the images that felt like beautiful impressions on all my senses. I would see myself dressed like I thought a French girl would, complete with a beret. I imagined looking up, way up at the Eiffel Tower against a blue sky and puffy white clouds of wonder. I saw myself writing in Hemingway’s Paris cafes. It would be many years before I had the opportunity to go to Paris, but I will never forget how I felt when I finally saw what I had only dreamed about. It reconnected me to that teenage girl who had believed her dreams were impossible, and put me on a path of wanting to create more experiences like that.
This was not about ticking off items on a bucket list of travel destinations. It was more about being willing to be led to one place that entranced me and knowing that it would lead to what comes next. It’s a journey, not an agenda.
Sometimes it’s more about revisiting a place. That is what I find myself longing for – returning to Florence, to my ancestral hometowns of Carrara and Pitigliano because I want to keep peeling back the layers, which I know there will never be an end to. I want to see and understand certain paintings and sculptures deeply and the only way to do that is to keep returning to them with fresh eyes. I find this enormously rewarding because what I see and learn becomes a journey into myself, my desires and my beliefs. It is my way into the beauty.
So, I am going back again in October. I am staying for a good long while so that I can uncover more layers – this time some research for who knows, maybe another book. I have recently discovered a lost girl, my grandfather’s sister, whose name nobody remembers – only that she was sent off to a convent because the family couldn’t care for her. I see her in my mind’s eye and she is calling to me.
What calls to you? I hope that if you have hesitated to travel for whatever reason logic gives you (“I shouldn’t spend the money.” - “It’s dangerous to travel.”) – that you will let your soul lead the way and GO. The rewards are transformative.
Sunday, September 10th
“The First Italians: The Etruscans in Tuscany” - presented by Carol Faenzi
Nora Library, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Refreshments Served - Sponsored by The Italian Heritage Society of Indiana - Free, Open to the Public
Friday, September 29th
Olive Oil Tasting – presented by Carol Faenzi
The Nestle Inn – 637 East Street – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Learn how to taste, buy and reap the health benefits of authentic olive oil. Space is limited. Visit Nestle Inn to register.