A year ago I went on the adventure of a life time. Well, of my life time. It was the first time I’d ever been overseas and it was amazing and yet terrifying. Mind you, I did travel to the other side of the world. I went to Ghana, Africa with a 24 hour layover in Bangkok, Thailand. We packed as much as we could into our waking hours in Bangkok!
Everything was different. I was so overwhelmed with the new information being absorbed and processed by my brain. I felt like a computer that had too many programs and internet pages running. The new sights, smells, sounds, textures and experiences were amazing and yet provided more stimulus for my brain to process. I mean, even the plants were different. I think this is what culture shock feels like.
What I learnt from this experience, is that we can become so trapped in familiarity. That routine and comfort can bind us into a small world. Culture shock stretched me, made me grow. New experience and an entirely foreign place can break down walls within us. I long to visit more places, to see more of this world. To be stretched, shocked and grow even further.
Swampy River, Thailand
This is my daily view as I sit here relaxing, reflecting, creating and finding refreshment. I’m on holiday, staying with friends in their home near the town of Devonport in northern Tasmania. It is beautiful here. I love this tree, and as the sea miss rolled in off the Bass Strait I was entranced. I watched as the mist swirled and provided a perfect backdrop for this tree. The thing with a hibernating tree, is that it promises new life. Buds are beginning to form again on it’s skeleton. Where there seemed to be nothing, life is springing forth.
Throughout the Bible there are many references and images based on trees. Yet for me, now, in my season of winter, this image reminds me of Ezekial’s vision of the valley of the dry bones (Ezekial 37:1-14). The promise of life in a place of death.
I’ve been nervously reading WordPress’s “The Daily Post At WordPress.com”. I want to delve into the blogging world with full force but lack confidence, discipline, thoughts, ideas and a few other things. My hesitation is that I’ll feel compelled to post every day and I just don’t think I’m up for that kind of commitment. Then I discovered the Weekly Photo Challenge – two of my great passions combined!
Here I am. Here’s my first post. I’ve glued the “Post A Day” badge to my blog and promised my perfectionist within me that I don’t have to post every single day. Once or twice a week is fine too.
Looking forward to the journey ahead. Always feel free to comment, question and leave feedback.
For now bloggonians, I bid you a goodnight