a thought, a moment, a present feeling of life a new
It's the 28th of October 2013, 10:30am, and I’m flying into Changchun, Jilin, China.
As we prepared for our descent, I had a feeling of confusion. “ It’s so grey, what am I doing here?"
I remember thinking, "but Lord this is where you want me to be. This is my next destination for growth, healing and transformation; not only of my mind and body but of my soul as well!"
I put on the only warmish, long sleeve, forest green turtleneck that Helena, my friend from Russia, had given me and stepped into the embrace of the chilled breeze, the new freshness and aromatic aromas of this seemingly barren and faded Chinese landscape.
Finally I met the welcoming committee from my now present school; I was greeted with warmth and familiarity, it gave me hope. Instantly gone were my worries and fears. Sucre, who was part of the welcoming committee, greeted me with a smile from ear to ear, a chirpy voice, gleaming eyes and powerful sunshine shining from within!
China, OH! My China......
How does it come to be
That I love you so......
Your streets are filthy
my emotions everywhere
but spirit and hope
never in despair
With Willows Wondering Wild
so my heart flies
Welcomed by Waves of Warmth
ready to take me on the most Amazing ride
This is exactly what China does to me! IT BLOWS MY MIND!
It's one thing to talk about China in a foreign country and another thing to be here, to be a part of it all, to be united!
I have never in my life been in a place where I feel such unity, so much free love and hope!
For the first time in my life I can say; " I'm just being me".
For China is a land of Luck and Blessings
Fruitful and Abundantly Prosperous
strength with simplicity
wisdom taught by every flame
burnt for ancestors and those to honor
respecting those who are mourned
for through their life we have learned
to use what is best and earned
So much generosity around every corner
with the laugh of being a foreigner
Laway is what You call us
and we just love a ride on Your bus
bags in your face
you dare trying
to stop their embrace
but I invite you to open arms
a "Ni Hao!" and a smile
for this is my heart
ready to be loved
I especially enjoy the bus rides in Changchun.
Always filled with gleaming eyes and faces of a thousand and one expressions.
What a rush it is, to try and get on or off a bus.... If you can't beat them......... (well, you know how that ends).
It still amazes me how the elderly will offer their seats to young healthy children who are still growing, strong and more than capable to endure the bus ride to any destination.
That is humility right there, with no doubt about the respect that is shown in return.
I do believe a story should bring both parties to the table, proper communication with direct honesty concerning social facts and behavior, the mind of the Chinese people and their up-bringing.
So let us not try to change this, but be the example we want to see.
Having faith in the bigger picture for China, makes me excited. There is so much hidden potential here,
scattered and unappreciated..... Like so many other things among people.
I will never be able to truly express my life in China, it is something to be self discovered.
All of us here have learned and have grown and been transformed.
We have gained skill, knowledge, wisdom and character, in more than one way.
Here we are presented with a life self- lived, self-found, self-judged , respected and loved.
The transformation from winter into spring was breathtaking, my earth shifting from death to eternal life.
People crawling out everywhere like an ants nest; beautiful people, dancing, singing and breathing together.
What a sight of walking into the park and being surrounded by talent and culture and history and life to the fullest!
Rollerblades and horse rides
paddle boats and butterflies
how peaceful it is to be in your calmness
tofu and dumpling
what delicious things
what does China have in store for us next
maybe a live TIREX
that would be a the ultimate
there is nothing here to really hate
side by side we will be stacked
like sardines being racked
together as one we will exist
never to be crossed off Gods list
I don't think I have ever felt God so present in my life as here in China. Me coming here was my first big step of faith, all my trust was in Him, I chose Him this time and His blessing are in abundance far beyond what we are able to fathom.
I know religion is one thing everyone always retreats from, why?
At the end of the day, we all need something to believe in, and how we choose to believe, has been granted to us by free will. We are not indifferent. I am a believer in the greater good, Jesus is my rabbi.....
Who you choose to follow is your choice.
China is definitely the place to come and find your way and to raise your true voice.
if you want to be, you should let everything be,
if you can't change it, accept it or forget about it and move on.
Love without limit and have no expectation of each other,
for what is given will be received and what is lived will be carried on.
Let us not judge one another
or point a finger
let us not destroy bridges
and valuable bonds that could linger
United we can stand and be a nation
no division, no race, no plunder
just letting each other be
to be free