Why 2009 was great, meanwhile crazy!
posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 09:33 AM
Nothing that could be called understandable happened for me in 2009. Every mental marker that I had for work and home life, got shifted quite considerably and it was a case of simply following my gut and seeing where it would take me.
On several nudges I found myself interested in female issues, in abandoned and neglected children, in absolute positivity and in diversity education. Yes, it happens that each and every one of these has a place for me personally and I really would have loved to not know them so well! So my system spontaneously protested engagement, 'screaming fear' would probably best describe the reaction my mind gave, as in 'Don't go there, stick with human quality and the like, what you're comfortable with'.
However, stagnation isn't my friend so I took the lead and went out there on the big issues and I'm pleased to say, they can all now be added to my list of unchartered waters that I made some headway on, learned a lot and became inspired from. 2008 had a similar checklist (Social & Economic policies - global, personal relationships and responsibilities, academic influence...), but these were less 'up in the air' than 2009.
What inspired me was, as my cumulative HQ2 journey has shown, the people on the ground, dedicated to the causes on hand and that are interested, genuinely, in taking this Family forward.
Many people are disillusioned; I would be lying if I ever said I didn't get completely floored sometimes by the choices people make to take us backward and wonder, what's the point. I, myself, can slip into negativity as I play out my old fears and do exactly what I don't want others to do, which is panic or be cynical or concentrate on the loud, callous, essentially useless voices!
But still, some of us are actually very interested and concerned, indeed passionate, to help out where we can, how we can and to not make this world any tougher for the next set of people that will occupy it. The age doesn't matter, the educational level, the faith or religion, the degree of tragedy or ease that they have experienced in their lifetime... Some people are so SO ready to give it all for this world, often to the detriment of themselves, their health, their social circle.
So this year I met some of the ultimate and I am more than thankful that I took those big steps outwards so I could meet some tremendous people and give them my appreciation for their efforts in person. It was remarkable how little gratitude had been extended to any of them prior to this but indeed, this is much more of an indication of all of our cultural habits than anything else.
So here are some pictures of the fantastic people I met and their names / profiles, just to culminate my activities for this year and give appreciation to the Universe for this opportunity to live beyond my own mind. It continues to give me reason to shake my head and ask myself, why did I even think I knew anything much?
Peter Brown of Humanwave (Canada) Patricia Fitzgerald (Canada) Louise Uwacu - Rwanda (Left) and Terrill Welch - Canada (Centre) Armila Shakya - Phillipines/Nepal (Left) and Terrill Welch David Mcqueen (UK) and Uzma Ahmed (Pakistan)
I definitely don't want to minimise the acquaintances and friendships that I made since last year and years previous to that, such as Agnes Vermorel, Sarah Stevenson, Mary Rives and a couple others. I do however want to highlight that each and every one of these opportunities was made through my outreach, online. So I guess I am unintentionally endorsing trusting the interface in good faith. Definitely, don't underestimate the power of a sincere expression in writing. Much is possible in connection and communication thus!
Thanks, friends everywhere for keeping an open mind and helping out with this work. It's been great to know ya!