Had lunch with Papa and Mama. In the afternoon, went to review new recruites of the Guards Corps and another company. The review was terribly good. Had tea with Sophia Ivanovna Tiutcheva. After tea talked on the phone to Nikolai Pavlovich Sablin and P.A. Voronov. Had dinner with Mama and Ania Virubova. Went to church. Papa had dinner with the hussars.
I know how you feel. I'll actually be traveling alone for Christmas and New Year's. It's a bit lonely and I'm just a little bit sad over it. I wish my friends and family were here with me but in the end, it's something that I don't really regret. i made my decision and it's time for me to stick with it. Besides, getting drunk off glog is a good thing!
Well said. I knew perfectly well that this could happen and as much as I’m sad for not being able to celebrate both occasions with my family and friends, I’m also coming to terms with the fact that my life has changed and that it’s time to accept the outcome of my choices. As I see it, no process of spiritual growth will ever be easy because you’re being forced out of your comfort zone, pushed beyond what you believe to be your personal, cultural, religious, what have you, boundaries. Once you realize that you’re more flexible and adaptable than before, a new normality sets in. That’s the stage I’m at right now, the stage of building a new sense of normality while at the same time being confronted with situations that are still abnormal to me (such as not spending festive occasions with my loved ones). On the other hand, I feel like I’ve learned to appreciate my time with people a lot more than I did before and I’m 1000% sure that when I eventually go home I will valuable my time with my family and friends with the maturity that I so clearly lacked before moving to London.
Карл V, римский император, говаривал, что испанским языком с Богом, французским - с друзьями, немецким - с приятелями, итальянским - с женским полом говорить прилично”, - писал несколько веков назад Михаил Васильевич Ломоносов, создатель русской научной грамматики. - “Но если бы он российскому языку был искусен, то, конечно, к тому присовокупил бы, что им со всеми оными говорить пристойно, ибо нашел бы в нем великолепие испанского, живость французского, крепость немецкого, нежность итальянского, сверх того богатство и сильную в изображениях краткость греческого и латинского языка.
Carlos V, imperador romano, aconselhava a falar com Deus em espanhol, com os amigos em francês, com os inimigos em alemão, com as damas em italiano. Mas se Carlos V conhecesse a língua russa, diria, certamente, que em russo se pode falar com todos: com Deus, com os amigos, com os inimigos, com as damas, porque a língua russa tem a majestade do espanhol, a vivacidade do francês, a força do alemão, a leveza do italiano e, além disso, a riqueza, a expressividade e a concisão do latim e do grego.