When I was in Florence last year (May 2015), I walked towards the San Miniato al Monte. This is a beautiful church on a hill on the southside of the city. It is a steep climb, but the church and the view over Florence are well worth it.
That morning I left the hotel early and I walked along the Uffizi and the river Arno when I saw a column of smoke above the rooftops. It seemed there was a fire somewhere in Florence. Only I did not hear any alarms or sirens, I only saw the smoke.
I decided to walk on, thinking that if there was a fire, I would soon see if it was nothing or if it was something that would prevent me from continuing my walk. During my walk, I noticed nothing.
When I arrived at the San Miniato al Monte, I still saw the smoke.
But this time, I saw where the smoke was coming from. This gentleman was working in his olivegarden, and was burning something. It was a controled fire and not a huge blaze threatening the artworks of Florence. (my imagination was running wild, as you can see)
It was just a gardener at work.
For a moment I really envied him, being able to work in that garden in Florence, able to see the view over the city every day. But then I knew I had to be content with the moments in Florence I had and I knew I wanted to make the most of it. And I certainly did!
So in a way, this gentleman never realized, but he taught me a lesson I will never forget.