Our first sustained non-English environment occurred on the flight on Icelandair from Toronto to Reykjavik.
During this flight, Emily-Ann was looking at the Icelandic newspaper Frettabladid, (pictured below). Seeing Emily-Ann “reading” this newspaper, a stewardess assumed we spoke Icelandic. She pointed to my computer and told me, in Icelandic, to put it in the pocket in front of me during take-off. I did as asked. The stewardess thanked me in Icelandic and carried on with her duties. Hopefully, she wouldn’t ask me too much more. Oh well, I must have appeared competent in her language.
The poem below was on the pillow case I was given during this night-time flight. Sweet dreams!
Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project: Or Why I spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun; Collins 2009) created her list of Twelve Personal Commandments that helped her focus during her year of learning and writing. The exercise is a way to instil your values into your daily living. You can find her personal commandments at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gretchen-rubin/happiness-tips_b_1285510.html.
I am starting my list and will adjust and practice as I go:
1. Take time to touch and appreciate your loved ones daily.
2. Meditate – daily.
3. Each day is new, yesterday is done-let it go and work with what is here.
4. Live intentionally.
5. Ask good questions of yourself and surroundings.
6. Do good.
7. Be kind.
8. Be happy – everyone with you will feel successful.
9. Appreciate health and energy by making the most of it.
10. Exercise my reason and purpose of life: to show love.
11. Never take what I have for granted.
12. Weed out the unnecessary.
PS Would love to hear your list, partial or whole.
Lift off! At just after 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, our plane’s wheels left the runway, leaving Manitoba behind. With almost equal buoyancy, I felt in my heart a feeling of exhilaration. Normal as we know it will be far away for a while. What a feeling!
It was great to see our girls journaling within minutes after take-off. Aaron took pictures of the clouds. Pretty cool!
We’re now waiting for our flight to Iceland where we stop over on our way to Copenhagen.