Carnival was still a holiday here for me in Portugal and it was oh so nice not to work Monday and Tuesday. I hung out with my friend Sofia all day Tuesday at the beach near my house. If I hadn't been with her, I would've probably gotten ahead on "work" I have to do, would've prepared the retreat I'm going on this weekend or cleaned my house or something productive like that. Instead, we walked on the beach and sat at a cafe all morning. It was almost difficult to not do anything, and try not to think about things I had to do, but it was wonderful. It's exactly what I'd like to spend more time doing: slowing down, hanging out, being outside, being with people.
“Uma experiência, cada vez mais frequente, é a de não termos tempo. Dizemos, repetindo um provérbio que os latinos já usavam, que o tempo voa (tempus fugit). Voa o tempo para estar. Contudo, ‘foi o tempo que perdeste com a tua rosa que tornou a tua rosa tão importante para ti’, explicou a raposa ao Principezinho. Contudo, sabemos vem que há uma qualidade de relação que só se obtém no tempo. Por alguma razão, esse raro Mestre de humanidade chamado Jesus, disse: ‘Se alguém te pede para o acompanhares durante uma milha, anda com ele duas.’ Só estando, descobrimos o sentido e a relevância da nossa marcha ao lado dos outros. Só estando presentes a nós próprios nos apropriamos da nossa caminhada interior. É tão fácil tornarmo-nos desconhecidos. Basta não estar."(Pai-Nosso que estais na Terra de Jose Tolentino Mendonca, p. 62)
"An experience, ever more frequent, is not having time. We say, while repeating a proverb that the Romans also used, time flies (tempus fugit). Time to be flies. However, 'it was the time you lost with your rose that made your rose so important to you", explains the fox from the Little Prince. We know there is a quality of relationship that you can only obtain with time. For some reason, that rare Teacher of humanity named Jesus, said: 'If someone asks for you to accompany him for one mile, walk two with him.' Only being, do we discover the meaning and relevance of our journey alongside others. Only being present to ourselves do we appropriate our interior journey. It's so easy to become unknown. You only need not be."