A little piece of Britain- the London Sims

Writing this blog is far more about the fact that I`ve been up since half four this morning and waiting to travel to Ireland for the next few months than about Second Life. Coincidentally, its also my 175th blog for London,which seems a rounded number to have some  nostalgia.

So,I know I`m hardly travelling to the other side of the world, but it made me think how the London Sims can bring a bit of Britain to people wherever they are in the world.

      Without being too patriotic (cue- the National Anthem) I for one am glad that I can come on Second Life while I am away and feel like I am still close to Britain and my friends here.

 Right- I`m gonna rein myself in now before I start sobbing -lol- and leave you with a poem about travelling.

For the Traveller

Every time you leave home,
Another road takes you
Into a world you were never in.
New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
Changed since your last visit.
When you travel,you find yourself
Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad, and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home:
How you unexpectedly attune
To the timbre in some voice,
Opening in conversation
You want to take in
To where your longing
Has pressed hard enough
Inward,on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal on insight
You could not have known
You needed
To Illuminate
Your way.
When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.
A journey can become a sacred thing,
Make sure, before you go,
Too take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.

May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground,
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.
May you travel safely,arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest,
Return home more enriched and free
To balance the gift of days which call you."

John O`Donohue


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