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Balkans Clearout - The moral of the story

This was taken in a predominantly barren area that lay on the edge of Sarajevo city centre.

 

I took a lot from my time in Bosnia and I thank everyone there for their generosity and patience, for sharing their stories and for taking the time to take me into their lives.

 

What frustrates me though is that inability to stop life swampng that mindset that the Bosnians gifted to me. Their tragic past and present situation seemed only to have strengthened their sense of perspective and ability to embrace the pleasures of life, and to deal with its traps and snares with a grace that makes a mockery of my attempts to manage my own fears.

 

I still strive to recapture the feelings I had in Bosnia when my sleep is broken by yet another flood of panic and adrenaline or when the grit of the grind gets too deep under my skin but it remains a difficult thing to achieve. Maybe posting this image is one way to remind myself more regularly that all I have is wonderful and all that I don't have is innessential.

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Taken on September 20, 2008