Tuesday 29 April 2008
good food, good friends, good wine, good walks, good weather - both M and i got a nice wee sunburn.
but one of the main things i notice when i'm away from northern ireland is how spiritually light i feel. some might argue that france isn't any better, but i don't get the heaviness in france.
several years ago, Andrew and I went to Scotland for the day and i was shocked at how the atmosphere changed when we got off the ferry and i couldn't figure out what the difference was. then i realised that there weren't any flags or painted kurb-stones.
being in france was already going to be good. last week was tough. it's hard to not compare it to other's and say i've nothing to worry about, but i was really stressed and the weekend away couldn't have come at a better time for me. to get there and feel like a spiritual weight was been taken away was a relief. it gave a bit of respite that was able to continue then when i returned. the heaviness doesn't just settle like a cloak when i return, but there is a definite difference.
it's like getting a glimpse of the clear sky through the clouds. perhaps applicable seeing as we get more clouds than blue here.
does anyone else get this from where they are or in NI? or is it a foreign thing?