Hello dear friends
This is our third day in Ankara and what always shocks me is the amount of things that happen in one day even if, while we’re living them, we feel we’re not doing anything!
We are all in a good mood and the feeling I am getting out of it is that it is not so important what we are doing but how we are doing it. We are all trying to keep alive the connection with that purpose that pushed us to come here and we are mostly trying to share this atmosphere of Well-Being, our joy and our “special life style”.
And it seems to me that those who are more permanent and seem to appreciate more the Message, come back because of this connection we managed to establish.
This is what I felt with Aymaan and Mehdi, who are “pretty new friends” and seemed to be looking forward to our arrival and tried to spend most of their time with us. They told me, for example, that they missed a lot the ceremonies during the weeks we couldn’t be here and this way of “communicating with each other”.
On Tuesday night we organized an italian dinner and invited all our friends: Medhi, Aymaan Eduardo, Judith, Isabel and me were there; then Zeinep arrived with her mother. A little later Aylin and Claudio and finally Atacan, Ozgur, who we met in Attigliano joined us for chay, with a friend of theirs.
The evening was very pleasant and joyfull and completed in the best way this day where we experienced “a little bit of everything”: inspiring interchanges on our internal processes in between the four of us; individual conversations with Aymaan and Medhi and a final social gathering with a lot of people speaking different languages to each other.
On Wednesday we lived the consequences of what we have sown the day before. We’ve met the same friends and we managed to go deeper in the relationships.
While we were in the bus office to buy our tickets to Isthambul we met Athacan who insisted to offer us breakfast and related to us in a very friendly mood; just after that we met with Yuksel who was with a friend for a chay and a little later with Mehdi in a nice café where Peter always uses to go when he is in Ankara.
Medhi wasn’t really happy because he didn’t manage to get his scholar tuition and he freely expressed his internal state to us demonstrating that he trusted us.
We went home after that and he cooked a nice meal for us with rice, chicken and vegetables; we all needed a “siesta” after that to be more “awaken” for the ceremonies that we fixed at 6 o’clock. Aymaan arrived on time; we’ve waited a little bit to see if someone else would join us but nobody seemed to appear so we moved to the Salita and started with the Service in English. While we were sharing who we would have like to send the Well Being to, the bell rang and Zehra arrived. Medhi read the ceremony for the first time because Zehra could only understand it in Turkish.
It was amazing how everything changed after that! Our hearts seemed to have been filled with joy … we were laughing just by looking at each other and even Mehdi who before was in that terrible mood seeing his future “closed” started singing in the kitchen while preparing chay for everybody.
We cooked another Italian pasta expecially for Mehtap who wasn’t with us the day before and for Aymaan who was fasting due to Ramadan. Then Mehtap and Mehdi went and Aiten and Ozgur arrived. And we finished our day with them who invited us for an ice-cream in a nice Turkish café where Yuksel joined us with another friend
I really enjoy how things move so quickly, the different opportunities you are offered every day and the enthusiasm that continuously grows up inside us to be here sharing this common project.