Healthy Lessons From Rome

Many beautiful surprises awaited us when we traveled through Rome last year.  Though replete with much history that attempts to stand the test of time, there are many aspects of Rome from which modern societies should take note.  For one – free water.  Everywhere.  There are water fountains for drinking and washing feet throughout the city.  Having equal water fountains in our society was a portion of a larger civil rights movement throughout the 1900s.  Though separate public facilities for quenching one’s thirst were deemed unconstitutional, admittedly, aside from in business facilities I have a hard time finding water fountains.  As some concern themselves with finding ways to restrict the availability of beverages with high sugar content that do all but satiate the thirst of citizens, greater access to water fountains could lead to a reduction of consumption of said beverages.  This also reduces the plastic waste that results from purchased beverages as well. Just sayin’.

These Roman water fountains are also important for the second thing our society should adapt – fruit stands.  Not farmers’ markets, but fruit stands.  Instead of ducking into an establishment when hunger pangs arise to satiate them with something fried, dyed and with little nutritional value, fruit stands allow the healthier option to be that much more accessible.  What we do know is that when the better choice is made just as accessible as the less desirable one, more people will make the healthier choice.

What is something you’ve seen while traveling you wish was adopted where you reside?


don’t you dare be small

be small for me.
everyday they want you to shrink:

fit in here, in my palm, in my shadow, don’t be bigger than my idea of you, don’t be more beautiful than i can accept, don’t be more human than i am willing to allow you to be and be quiet, you’re too loud, even your un-belonging is loud. quiet your dreams, your voice, your hair, quiet your skin, quiet your displacement, quiet your longing, your colour, quiet your walk, your eyes. who said you could look at me like that? who said you could exist without permission? why are you even here? why aren’t you shrinking? i think of you often. you vibrate. you walk into a room and the temperature changes. i lean in and almost recognise you as human. but, no. we can’t have that.
~warsan shire

I so love the honesty of Warsan’s writing and the power it evokes.
Have you ever attempted to be small for the betterment of others?



A Walk Through Rome

The architecture and colors of our first day in Roma, Italia –



Happy Monday! Every so often, I come across a book that is beckons me to read it multiple times to ensure I extract all the treasure buried in them.  I’m currently reading such a book – The Four Agreements.  Amazing!  Last spring, hubs and I read The Alchemist while on vacation.  A quick read, the journey of the book causes you to think beyond the ordinary and question the conventional.  I share with you a few of my favorite quotes from Paul Coelho’s amazing book –

If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry.
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives,
but none about his or her own.

Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams,
because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.

To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.

I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present.
If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.
Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.

Which book(s) do you re-read?