Thoughts from Costa Brava

I wasn’t very into the idea of visiting these particular business partners and it kind of bothered me that they weren’t located in Barcelona and I had to take the train to reach them in this small ‘pueblo’ of Sils, Girona. So with a heavy heart and runny nose I went to see them today and to my surprise their location is right where the beautiful resorts of Costa Brava begin.

There is little to say to describe the beauty of this place. It’s Spain. And the sea. The sea and Spain so that should be enough. The people are not just nice, but warm and kind and laugh straight from the heart. Crack a joke, say something in Spanish, ask them about their Catalan culture and they become your best friends. So I can’t help at wondering: does this beautiful scenery they live in influence their easiness on life? Or is it just the upbringing?

Living in a city like Bucharest, having to deal with traffic, pollution, noisy neighbours and a rainy dirty winter makes me think that maybe the reason we are somehow colder, always in a hurry,  a bit angry with life is because we were not blessed with such an environment. Maybe the reason people can be open and kind is because the weather and landscape is kind to them in the first place. Maybe the troubles and obstacles are easier to bear just because there’s the option of taking a walk to the beach and feel the warmth of the sun.

I’ve always tried to find that connection with the world surrounding and it seems so much easier to do it in a place like this. There is little effort in shutting down the mind, there is peace in the present moment so there is kindness, compassion, laughter and happiness.

So perhaps we should be more understanding with ourselves, those living in the hectic and maybe not-so-pretty cities of the world. The real challenge of connection with our source is here – waiting in traffic, walking down a crowded street, shopping or taking phone calls every 10 minutes. And find cherish the moment’s peace whenever we get to be in a blissful landscape like the one below.

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