Friday, September 28, 2007

Looking forward to...

My favorite "hobby" is to cuddle in a cozy room with my laptop and translate away for the Italian tourist industry to Italian rhythms. It's terribly cheesy, I know! But I genuinely love it!

Tonight, as I immersed myself in languages, I wondered about the life of the angelic voice whispering in my ear; Bocelli. He began to go blind in his early teens. The law of average can be cruel. Through all that, he achieved his dream while overcoming unimaginable challenges.

(Click image to view Bocelli's video)

You know, I'm a sucker for stories of success in face of adversity! The possibility of the seemingly impossible attracts us! After all, each one of us probably has a hidden want that seems unattainable. We tell ourselves, if he could do it, I can do it! How can we do this? It's not that difficult, really. It's a matter of having the right outlook.

If you recite to yourself a long list of "what ifs", then I assure you that the obstacles will become quite real! You'll fall victim to your own self-fulfilling prophecy. I didn't read this on a book. I learned this the hard way.

Lately I've enjoyed a couple triumphs that I consider quite big for me, and I even began to work a lot as a freelancer with a company in Rome (hence my absence, sorry!). I credit my open doors to a change in my mentality. A mentality that understands that things never stay the same for long. To compensate, I stay focused on the prize. Seek new paths. I learned to let go of what is out of my hands; sought information to act on what is in my hands!

...none of this would have happened had I held on to the past; had I been scared to let go of old comforts. I was "doing fine" but now I'm so much better knowing I'm walking down the path that I want for myself, despite the challenges, everything is simply a matter of time.

Yes, it's easier said than done! In the end, I'm still a control freak so when ever something slips from my fingers by forces outside my control, I remind myself the words on this poem and turn my sight on what still rests in my arms… and I keep walking. Keep walking. Keep walking. Eyes on the prize!

Letting Go by Suzanne Marshall Lucas


Giving up is merely quitting. Letting go is sweet release.

Giving up is cries of anguish. Letting go is perfect peace.

Giving up is hard and heavy. Letting go is loose and light.

Giving up is simply failure. Letting go, success in sight.

Letting go I train my blueprint for a perfect pure design.

Giving up is very human. Letting go is most Divine.

Giving up is death at sundown. Letting go, the Rising Sun.

Giving up is there, it’s over. Letting go, I’ve just begun.


sognatrice said...

Oh how I love that song. How I love Bocelli. And how I love that your words are blessing the blogosphere once again :)

Farfallina said...

Ciao Sognatrice!
Ah, that reminds me! I have something for you, I'll send you an email :)

chris & erin said...

Thank you for the lovely post and video! I'm glad to catch up with your blog...we finally got DSL hooked up today :) Thanks also for your encouraging comments during our transition! Seems like things are moving along for you as well...(with the Italian twists and turns along the way - like that design you posted, so funny !) :)

OSLO said...

Thanks for sharing the poem, from one control freak to another! :-)

Anonymous said...

Great to have you back!

Maddie said...

What a soaring post of

impossible, nothing is


(love the video - LOVE it!)

MB said...

I missed your blog! Glad to have your back and with such a great post.

daisies said...

this is so beautiful ~ it makes me smile and for that i thank you ... xox

Roam2Rome said...

Thanks Erin!
I'm glad you finally have DSL :) Yes, my transition has twists and turns, as yours did, too, and it's always so sweet to read about your life in Italy! Congrats! :)

Hehe... so you're a control freak, too? :) My case is pretty bad, though :)

Thanks Cleo!
It's great to be back!

Hi Maddie!
Hope you are well :)
Ah, "possibility" my favorite word!

Thanks MB!
I missed the blogosphere a lot, too! :)

Hiiii Daisies!
Prego! and many, many xoxo to you :)

The Late Bloomer said...

Such a beautiful, inspiring post, as always Farfellina! Thank you for sharing such wonderful thoughts and words with us -- I've always loved Bocelli's voice too.

Roam2Rome said...

Hi Late Bloomer :)

Thank you much! Isn't Bocelli wonderful? After reading you post on Margaritas, I wanted one, too! It's been ages since I've had one! :)