A friend shared this beautiful poem by Chilean writer Pablo Neruda: keeping quiet. It reminded me how much I love his writings but also, the importance of absorbing the moment, taking it all in without worrying about what is coming next. It is not an easy task in our hyper-connected world. Also, as a parent, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the inevitable busy agenda.
Thanks to this poem, I have taken some time to look back at all those places where I remember keeping quiet. Some of them remind me of a glimpse in time that stayed with me forever. Some are near home, some very far away. And for some, I remember drifting away in my thoughts, as if time had completely stopped around me.
So here is the text, and a selection of images from our trips around the world, where and when I remember keeping quiet, and feeling immensely happy.