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IT IS A BEAUTIFUL WORLD

Sylvia Marina - Sunday, October 02, 2016

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL WORLD – with Sylvia Marina ND

Today there are moments when I stare into space, it is the anniversary of when I began my new life – or rather when I left the old life behind. 

So much of that old life is still with me.

Graciously it formed the foundation of who I became.

This weekend is the anniversary of the first time I arrived in Australia. 

Till then my entire life was in the South Island of New Zealand.

Emotions in my belly were doing cartwheels I recall.  The excitement of an unknown future, clouded by the emotions of leaving behind the life I knew was scary. 

I had been charged by one of the elders of our community to be a worthy ambassador – I never truly knew the depth of that responsibility but I do know his words and the energy they carried etched a message into my awareness, associated with being a responsible, good citizen, honest. 

If the young woman of that first weekend in October 1966 had known how the future would unfold, would I have taken that step into the unknown. Possibly!

The frequency of travel now makes that DC-10 trans Tasman flight appear quite trivial. I felt very small, prepared? – well my suitcase was loaded and at the same time, emotionally very unprepared for the unknown.

This was my time to broaden my horizons, extent my awareness and begin my ‘stand alone’ journey.  

To stand-alone means to be responsible for all your outcomes - to actually be alone is a choice.

It was a Saturday evening when I arrived in Sydney, Australia.  Before landing, the plane circled the Sydney Harbour Bridge – an awesome structure spanning Sydney harbour. Soon I recognised the difference between nervous excitement and terrified – I now had what people term as ‘butterflies in my belly’ but it seemed more like a huge flock of seagulls swarming over the remnants of some-ones fish and chips.

With my courage fading, bewildered as to whether I had made a dreadful mistake, we were it seemed, herded into immigration and soon I heard the rubber stamp make its mark in my shiny new passport.

One more step and I would be on Australian soil - I pulled up my drooping shoulders, and with my posture tall I stepped into Australia.

Both Australia and New Zealand have been good to me – one has to grow-up somewhere!

And today these words from Desiderata resonate clearly as I step into my every tomorrow.

Desiderata: Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story... be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. 

2016© SYLVIA MARINA. ND.
Speaker & Human Behaviour Specialist


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