Just before we had finished our lunch break we observed how an elderly lady was talking to three male teenagers. First we thought she might be telling them off for something, but then we realised she was telling them stories and they all stood there and listened. By the time they were ready to leave, one of them shook her hands and they left with happy smiles on their faces. As I looked to the elderly lady, her face was beaming out of happiness. I smiled at her and she immediately came over to us.
She told us how she had always lived in Nice/France but that with her husband’s job they had come to Geneva many decades ago. She shared that the very first thing she did upon her arrival, was to jump into the Lake of Geneva. Even though it was cold. Even though it was full of “yucky algae”. When I asked her why she replied:
“Because life is too short. We have to live in the moment and enjoy the moment. Don’t ever wait to do something, do it now.”
Wow, I thought. Here we were in a little park and were reminded by this elderly Lady what is really important in life: to live in the here and now. To appreciate every moment as it comes. To live mindfully, to live our dreams and to not keep postponing everything (one day I will do this and that).
I love these brief encounters with strangers, especially when we meet elderly people, who have all the wisdom in this world. Why not make it an habit to talk to strangers whenever you are out?
And for those who live in Geneva and would like to learn how to be more mindful, why not join one of my mindfulness meditation groups?
For more info please click here.
Have a lovely weekend everyone! Lots of love from Geneva. :-)