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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Manifesting A Dream

We sat down for a coffee while doing some gardening and I looked up and noticed two trees growing through and over the power line coming to the house. Problem fixed now but I sure am glad that we noticed it and could cut it down safely before a storm knocked it over and ripped the lines from the house. Very Thankful.


We got home from our Christmas away and sat on our back step to have a cuppa and these two beautiful Kangaroos came to say hello. We have seen Mama since her baby was in the puch and they now come to visit as a pair. Baby is growing so quickly.


I just had to share this photo - I love it. This is my nephew and my grand daughter. Do they look like they share a secret. Even with 8 years betwen them they seem to just "get each other".
This photo just makes me smile.

" ALL SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HAVE A GOAL.
NO ONE CAN GET ANYWHERE UNLESS
HE KNOWS WHERE HE WANTS TO GO
AND WHAT HE WANTS TO DO"
Norman Vincent Peale

I was given a lovely book by my cousins Patti and Ron for Christmas. The Complete Pocket Positves. This verse was one I read this moring while having my morning cuppa. It made me really stop and think. I am in no way complaining about my life thus far but I realised quite profoundly how we often get what we subconsciously dream and crave for. My life thus far has been a maze of unseen roads and tracks that I have taken quite literally at random and with very little thought as to where I was actually headed. I seem to have been quite impulsive at times and have never had my feet firmly planted in the ground. I have often made plans and yes to some degree stuck to them but generally they are simple plans that are easy to achieve or larger plans and goals not yet achieved, if ever they will be. I just thought about how my life has had no real direction. I thought of goals and plans but ended up just drifting from one thing to the next.

Then it struck me very clearly that in many ways I have lived a dream. ALWAYS in the back of my head and in my inner heart I have craved the life of wandering. I even use that name as a user name often. Wanderer. I have over these many years quite often daydreamed about the wandering life. The gypsy life. Taking a fork in a road just to see where it ends up. No real set plan. Just travel around this amazing country of mine and just wander. My favorite weekend away is to just jump in the car and drive and just see where I end up. Who I will meet and talk to.

Somehow - and I am not sure how to explain it - but I think this dream has been manifesting itself in so many ways throughout my life.

I have changed this year past. I am more than capable of staying at home. Of staying put in one place. Of enjoying my own company and of always being able to find something to do which entertains me. I was giving up on my dream - my hidden desire to wander - and over the past year I have come to make a decision for myself. And that was that I was going. It may not be forever but it would be at least for 12 months. I may do this and then do it again. I do not know. All I know is that I am going to go. Since I have decided that that is it and that this will happen I have become more steady in my actual day to day life. I  often daydream a little about traveling but I feel calm and centred in the knowledge that it will happen and will happen within the next few years or so.

I am so glad that I was paying attention when this insight was shown to me this morning.

Cheers,
Wendy

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Take Time To Create

I have been busy finishing of all the Christmas presents. Only two more sleeps and we are of to Brisbane to spend a few days with family and friends.

First up - you just gotta try this recipe - sooooo easy and quick and super delicious. I found this recipe for Peanut Brittle on Liss's blog Frills In The Hills - 15-minute-microwave-peanut-brittle  I have just made two batchs of this and bottled the pieces up in old coffee and olive jar and decorated with piece of fabric on top and tadah - another 6 gifts to go along with all the other goodies I have made.


Photo is sideways and I am not sure why - anyway this is a gift wrapped in a beautiful scarf for my Aunty - I picked up a few gorgeous scarves at the op shop ($2 each) and they make the perfect wrapping paper is completely reusable.



Another photo to look at with your head tilted - I have made up a Christmas Bingo game to play on Christmas day. I have other things as well but my sticky beak brother reads this blog so I am not telling yet.



Just one of the basket of homemade goodies. Still got a few things to add to this basket but they are stored in the fridge until just before I give the gift.

Homemade cookies in a jar. These are choc chip and pecan. All the jars I find at the op shop. I just love some of the finds I make and I am recycling and giving something that can be used over and over again.

It is hard to see but this piece of bright fabric is something I picked up at the op shop for $1 and I turned it into a big tablecloth and because the colours are so bright I will take it down for Christmas dinner and maybe we can use it on Christmas day. On the chair is another couple of barrles of cookies - some homemade shortbread in there as well in the most beautiful jar and the large glass jar is filled with prunes in port for my Dad. Soooo Yummy.

Homemade spice rubs. I made quite an assortment of these.And again the little jars can be reused again.

Another gift wrapped in a scarf for my friend. The gift is an old carved wooden frame that I picked up from a garage sale and then I inserted a piece of gutter guard mesh. When hung on the wall you can hang your earrings on it and never have to search for just the right earring again. I have one hanging on my wall in my room beside my mirror.

Anyway I have had so much fun making all of these goodies and can't wait to hand out the gifts. I have so many more ideas for next year and the more I do this the more confident I get and the more organised.

I read this in a book the other day -
"If you are fuelled with predominantly female energy, then excercising you feminine energy can uplift and strengthen you.
Feminine energy strength is in Creation.
If you can make time in your life to CREATE, even a little, it excercises that feminine energy, and you will become spiritually strong, feel balanced and fulfilment and peace follows.
Take time to create... maybe paint, or draw, or sew, or write, or cook, or landscape, or build.
Find time to create and become strong in your feminine strength."
FEELING PEACE by Karen Sonter

and it just stuck a cord with me. I have been creating - learning to sew - cooking, paper craft, writing - and it feels good. It feels really good. And it feels right.

Cheer everyone,
Wendy


Friday, December 3, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

This was taken in Maryborough on Thursday morning. Two streets are closed to traffic each and every Thursday from 7 to 2pm for a market to be held there. All the shops are still open and even though other things are sold it is the place to get your weekly fruit and vegetables. A lot of produce is fairly local and from Childers. Mostly sugar cane farms around here and not many food farmers. Anyway this building (as you can see if you click on the picture to enlarge) was established in 1908. Maryborough is a heritage listed town so it has a lot of old buildings like this one.

I have been busy making Christmas gifts. This is two pots bubbling away of Tomatoe Chutney. Yummy and very popular. It is back this year by popular demand and requests for more.


Chutney bottled and labelled and made to look pretty.


The little tags are made by me as well and the wording painted on.


I got home one day last week and Mick had put up this light shade in our bedroom. I had bought this 6 years ago at a market as a spur of the moment purchase and it has never been put up as it hangs low and is quite large. What a suprise to see it up and it looks just perfect in this room. It is not in the way at all because it is over the bed. It feels like I am in a geanies bottle when I am snuggled up in the bed and the light is so soft and relaxing. 




  When I was at the markets on Thursday I went into a stall that is put on by all the local craft people. How clever and imaginative some people are. I picked up a couple of little gifts for my Aunty for Christmas. She is 70 and I just know she will find the humour and clerness in these gifts. I am sure she hasn't seen them before as they are very original. The first one is this dish cloth horse. I love this so much.



The second thing I picked up was this awesome teatowel britches. I took a close up of the little verse attached (below). How very very clever is this.




Had to share this photo of my Dad's vegetable garden. He had new seedlings in and the days were hot so my Mum suggested he put an umbrella over them through the day. He scoffed at first but when his little seedlings were wilting away to nothing he thought he would give it a go. It works a treat and Mum thinks she is so clever.

This is my adorable Grandson Mason. He has just turned two and is adorable. I don't get to see him much but he is so much like his Dad when he was that age that is is like being in a time machine every time I am with him. I will be seeing him for the day on Christmas Eve.

This is just outside our back door. We have quite a few wallabies and kangaroos that visit our place for a feed. It is so green and lush here at the moment. We have not stopped getting rain all year. I heard today that here in Queensland we have had more rain in a year than has ever been recorded since records started being kept. All this and at the same time Australia has had it's 3 hottest years on record in the past three years. I have to say that the weather is wierd and it is very hard to get work done when your job is fixing gutters on houses.



These next two shots were taken on the weekend at Hervey Bay. We went to the waterfront for fish and chips on our anniversary. One year married on the weekend just gone.

Urangan Pier, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Back in FLOW

The rooftops of ATHENS in Greece at Sunset


Today I spent more time organising. Tidying up. Sorting out.

The past year has been one of the hardest I have had in many ways for such a long long time.

I let it all catch up with me and get on top of me. I then had a bit of a AHA experience the other day. Basically I just had enough of whining and whinging and going backwards and generally just not being to happy with my lot in life. Just sick of everything feeling futile and hopeless.

It's my choice. I knew that. I didn't need to learn something new to know that I can change my life by changing my thoughts and my actions.

Much easier said than done.


One of the monastries at Kalambaka in Greece


But Mick was going away for work for a week and I realised I had the perfect opportunity to start some personal changes and spend some ime with me. So on Sunday afternoon he left and he is not back until Friday.

I have stopped smoking again. I am past the horrible day two. Been there and done that before. I have a big party at our place on Saturday night but there is always something on and always an excuse. It's the 3 month mark that has let me down the last two times I have stopped smoking. I am trying to prepare and plan ahead.

I am choosing to take some much neded advise from others in blogland and that is be kind to myself. Be a little selfish. Give myself the time and the energy that I would give to others. Oh what a learning curve.


Can you see the monastries built on top of the rock cliffs - amazing?


This week I said NO to something asked of me by my daughter. Just a simple request to meet her in town but it just didn't suit me because it was Monday and the first day of not smoking and I also had very little fuel. No is not an easy word for me unless it is saying No to myself and then that comes very easy.

I am practising YES on myself. I am having a bit of fun with myself.


Street in Myconos Greece. I just couldn't get enough of the white washed walls and pathed paths.


I have also on two occasions this past week listened to my son talk without giving any advise or trying to fix things. And to top it of when I had enough of listening I said I had to go and terminated the conversation. Sounds like a littel thing. HUGE for me is what it is. Son never actually asked me for anything. He was just talking but usually the Motherly Protective I Can Fix It All person steps in. Well not this time. Oh what a feeling. Letting it go. Letting it all go.

Concentrating on doing ALL I can about the things I can change and letting it GO with the stuff I have no control over.

I have been getting up and doing my yoga before breakfast and oh that makes me feel good. I actually gave myself a big hug yesterday which made me laugh out loud. That was cool.


Oh how I wish I was back there - I would return to Greece anyday.


I have realised that I am a bit anal and like things to have a place and be in their place so I can find what I want when I want it. I like things tidy. Not new news to me. My house was a mess, I mean dusty, cob webby messy. I fixed that up. All on top of it now and I will get back to cleaning the house everyday but deep cleaning - dusting etc one room a week. Easy to stay on top of.

I have half started projects all over the place. It frustrates me having things unfinished. I have decided to stop collecting information until I have sorted out what I have. I have decided to finish of the Christmas presents over the next two weeks and then after Christmas I will sort out one project a week at least and get all this other clutter under control. In the meantime everything has been put in it's own little neat pile. At least I know what I am looking for.

I have booked for my hair to be done a few days before Christmas.

I have saved my smoke money and I have it stashed away for when I see something I want. I actually couldn't think of anything I wanted at the moment. I may go for a nice massage and pedicure actually. It will only take me to the end of next week to have enough for that.


My favorite island - Santorina - this is Fira. I have a dream of going back here. I don't usually go back to someplace I have been but I think I would make the exception for Santorini. Not one picture can truly do it justice of how beautiful it is.



Anyway I just wanted to share that it feels good to getting back into FLOW.

I have been off course and feel like I have found my way back. Obviously not without some effort but it definately feels like a weight has lifted.

Love and Peace to you all,

Wendy

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

360 Degrees Longitude

This is the most beautiful wattle that is flowering all around here at the moment. Do not know the name of it and don't really need to - it is gorgeous and abundant and glorious to look at.


Good Tuesday Evening To You All

I just finished reading a book called 360 Degrees Longitude by John Higham.
Link to website here....
It is an excellent book about one family's journey around the world together in one year. I recommend it as an awesome read. I was further impressed when I discovered that half the proceeds of the sale of this book go to Kiva


What a cool photo - wish I had taken it but this was just one of a selection sent to me on an email....

Okay - what else have I been up to...... life..... wishful thinking...... dreaming.......pleading ignorance.....avoidance.... cleaning.... etc etc etc

Biggest thing on my mind at the moment is the fact that there is such a huge difference between what I know and what I do.

I am currently choosing to close that gap. CLOSE THE GAP between knowing and doing.

I realised that I didn't need to read another book - learn another thing - persue more information.

The thought occured to me that I already have the information - I am already in information overload actually.

I know what makes me feel lighter, breezier, happier - I know what makes me smile - laugh - giggle. I know what lifts my spirits. I know what foods to eat that work well with my body - I know how good yoga makes me feel - I know that not smoking lets me breathe - I know - I know - I know......


Not sure where I got this photo from - it is perfect for what I am writing about here....


Cheers,
Wendy

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

PIZZA - CAMILLIA - GIFT MUGS

I have added a new item to my Homemade Cooking page and also a new tip/recipe to my Homemade Store Cupboard page. I made the quickest and easiest pizza for dinner last night. It is a yeast free base that can be put toether in a matter of minutes. I also added a  tip for making up your own pizza sauce as required instead of buying jars of seperate sauce which cost more - and are a waste of resources, packaging etc as well as the waste of money spent on them.

I used to buy frozen pizza bases. The cost over a two year period for these bases has gone up over 100%. It is simply not justified and I have learnt that it is just not necessary. I don't care how busy a person is  - this pizza can be put together and be cooked and ready to eat in just on a half an hour and it is even quicker if there is a person chopping up the topping while the other makes the base. This is actually infinately quicker than driving down to the local pizza place and it is infinately YUMMIER and HEALTHIER.

I was going to take a photo and then ate it - just plain forgot to take a photo as it smelt so good and we were hungry. I made a tossed green salad of lettuce, cucumber and cherry tomatoes to go with it. Perfect.

I am going to make up a base and freeze it uncooked as well as make up a full pizza and freeze that uncooked as well. I want to see how they go cooking them from frozen and if they work out okay I will make up extras to keep in the freezer for those spur of the moment times that I feel like pizza.

Here is an interesting link about food if you are interested.  I am sure Sharon won't mind if I can get a few more people to read about what she has to say. another-reminder-of-the-food-crisis



My Camillia is only in it's second year in my garden and it flowering prolificly. I am sitting at my desk writing this and I can smell the scent each time the breeze picks up. Gorgeous.

I have finished making a Christmas gift. I picked up a set of coffee mugs for $5 and decided to paint them. It was a spur of the moment thing to paint the words - Relax - Coffee - Dream - Tranquil - Rest - Quiet - Imagine - all over them. I prepped them correctly - all I need to do now is put a sealer over the top and pop them into a warm oven to bake them for a bit. I have a little cane basket that I will fill with tissue paper and nestle the mugs in and this gift is for my sister in law. I will put a photo on here tomorrow. I know that if someone gave them to me as a gift I would be stoked.





The above photos is of Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland, Australia. Absolutely gorgeous. Mick went to a birthday party of a friend recently and his property backs onto this magnificent park and the lookout is only a hop skip and a jump from his place - just a short stroll. How lucky he is to view this every day.

Ah well - today has been good. I am a bit more relaxed and Mick just rang to say we have won a few more jobs that we have quoted. I am counting my blessings at the moment.

Cheers and Love to you all,
Wendy

Thursday, November 4, 2010

CHANGES - moving things around

Hi there to all

I have changed my blog around. I am not as clever or inspired as some of those other wonderful bloggers that I follow but it was time I did something.

I had tryed starting another blog that had half the things I was interested on it and I realised that was quite silly. Why try to divide myself in two when this blog is mine and a record of what I want to be able to recall. So this is it. One blog covering ALL the topics that interest me.

Funny because my last post was on how I halve things to make them go further and create less waste of our resources. Only tiny steps so far for me but I am getting there. So I have halved my worry of trying to write two blogs and trying to divide myself into two people really.

So what you see is me. What you can read if you want to is the things that I try and have found success at - or the things that I find uplifting - or the things that annoy me and fire me up. JUST ME.

Cheers to you all,
Wendy

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

HALVE WHAT YOU USE

HALVE WHAT YOU USEWant to save some money and use less resources - HALVE WHAT YOU USE.

Examples:

Use half the washing powder that is recommended - bet you it still works (better still make your own - IF YOU WANT THE BEST RECIPE THAT WORKS  see Down To Earth blog listed in my side bar - I literally only use a tablespoon per load.)

If the cake recipe calls for two eggs - try using one large egg. Works all the time for me. I wouldn't choose a recipe that has more than two or three eggs normally. Why use 4 to 6 eggs in a cake when you can make two cakes. Freeze the other for later or suprise guests.

Half the frozen spinach in my frittata - I usually thaw out a whole box of frozen spinach and add to my frittata. Tonight I used half the box and kept the other half for next time. Was plenty of spinach in there.

If the recipe calls for 500 gr of mince meat - use half and add a can of mashed beans like red kidney beans.

If you are making stir fry with chicken or any other meat - try using half what you usually do and add more vegetables like mushrooms, carrots etc. I make a mean stir fry that everyone loves with just 1 large chicken breast and that feeds four people.

I make a bacon and egg pie that calls for 4 rashers of bacon - I now use only 2 - that is plenty for flavour.

If the recipe calls for 1 cup cheese to be used - can you use 1/2 cup.

What about toothpaste - how many people use twice as much as needed. Use half and it works just the same.

What about your shampoo and conditioner - really take notice and you will find that often we use just to much of each - halve it and see that it works the same.

Get the idea?

It saves so much money - and saves using so many resources buying products again when we could have made them last  twice as long.

That's my simple tip for the day. Can anyone give me further tips on this - is there anything that you halve and get twice as much use out of.

Cheers and Smiles

Wendy

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I LOVE MY BROTHER ANDREW - BRO


Tonight I have a very simple post to write.

I want to say that I love my Brother Andrew with all of my heart.

I want to thank him for listening.

I want to thank him for his advise.

I want to thank him for just being him.

Oh how good it feels to be able to just say words, let of steam, let it all out.

Oh how good it feels to have someone else give me some advise.

I have listened.

Love You BRO,

Wendy

Sunday, October 24, 2010

THE PERFECT PROTEST

I have just spent a pleasant couple of hours catching up on blogs that I follow. All very thought provoking and interesting. But one post today stood out to me so much and I am making a wish right here and now.

THAT YOU CLICK ON THE BELOW LINKS AND HAVE A LOOK.

The post I read was on the blog Eat At Dixiebelles and the post is called "I Thought It Was Just Me But It Isn't." Sometimes you read something and it feels like someone has got inside your head and you connect with that person and truly feel an agreement and an understanding deep down that connects you to the writer. Well that happened for me when I read this post.

I don't feel any need to write my own words when it is written so well here -
Eat At Dixiebelles - I Thought It Was Just Me But ItIsn't

In this post is links to a wonderful speaker and author who has now captured my interest. I have put the link here as well to her blog and what is called THE PERFECT PROTEST. For a perfectionist like myself it is the perfect (pun intended) protest. I am going to join in and send in my protest photo. Make sure you take a look.

Ordinary Courage - The Perfect Protest

Then on this blog Brene Brown puts link to a blog where Joy protests Perfection with a silly dance and song. It is so uplifting and even though I have only just started reading her blog and I have never met her she makes me smile and laugh and feel joy and just simply makes me want to step of the Perfection Bus and start walking. See the link below to this blog.

Super Silly Dance Protest

Please leave a comment and I hope you enjoy it and learn as much as I have today - a quite Sunday at home alone. I won't write to much more as it is the above links I want you to read and watch and we can talk about the topic further in a few days once you have a chance to take a look for yourselves.

Cheers,

Wendy

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Homemade Gifts and my views on gift giving.

Today I started to wrap up some homemade Christmas Gifts in preparation for the hassle free Christmas day I will have. Above is some blank cards that I decorated with scrap paper pieces. They can be used for birthdays, thankyous etc. I really like these and I know I would love to receive something like this as a gift.


This is a pretty white picture frame that I put in a page from a magazine. I have someone who is a bit craft in the family and she will get this for Christmas and some cards. The words written on it are below.


Risk more than others this is safe.
Care more than others think is wise.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible.

I also found a calendar today that was quite inspirational. Just lovely. Now I know this seems cheap when I say it was $2.50 but again I thought it was just lovely and again I will give a little pack of notecards with this as well. It is definately something I would love to receive.


My wish for is,
Enough happiness to keep you sweet,
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough faith to give you courage,
And enough determination to make each day a good day.



MY FAVORITE
Do not spoil what you have now by desiring what you have not.
Remember that what you have now  was once among the things you hoped for.

I am having a lot of fun making things slowly but surely as gifts. I have a few things on the go and as I finish each one I will let you all see pictures of them. My family over the past few years have come to expect some homemade goodies from me. Usually food. This year I am mixing it up a bit.

I have read a lot of posts about peoples views on gift giving and mine is simple. WOULD I LIKE TO RECEIVE IT? It is not about the cost of the item and if it is then it does not fall under the catergory of GIFT to me. A gift is from the heart. And if the receiver doesn't think it's good enough or makes you feel bad for giving it to them then I would say it might be time to stop giving gifts to that person.

Anyway I am of  to attempt to get my sewing machine bobbin filled with a different colour cotton to sew up the squares I have to make a patchwork tablecloth. (never done that before) and sew up a few cushions in the most gorgeous satin fabric.

Cheers,

Wendy

Sunday, October 17, 2010

EVERYONE HAS A STORY - EVERYONE !!!!!

Firstly - have a read of the new weekly saying/poem at the top of my blog.........

People are so INTERESTING. It is just that we usually do not take the time to listen, ask and comprehend. Everyone has a story. EVERYONE

So many times in life we miss out on so much knowledge - we lack so much understanding - because we fail to realise that everyone has a story. We seem to think that our lives are the most important. We have suffered the most. We are the ones who have and are struggling. We have no time for other peoples stories. No time to listen - no time for understanding - no time for compassion. Yet we have all the time in the world to judge others. We obviously have all the time in the world to just believe what we are fed through the media. We surely do not have time to investigate and research and truly try and understand a persons story.

Have you ever just sat and watched people. I have this knack of not noticing what is going on around me. I can be in a crowded place and just not notice things happening and going on around me. I would make a lousy detective. I will usually notice and remember a conversation - words spoken - than a persons cloths or colour of their eyes or hair. But still I realise that I know nothing about them.

Before disputing what others say, get the facts.
 There can be a giant gap between what is and what is perceived.


This lesson has come up with me over the past few years. I realised that noone really knows me except for a very special relationship with my husband. Of course he knows my story. He knows of before I met him and obviously is part of my story as long as it has been since we met and started life as a couple. My family members no me - but not everything. My husband is the one who knows me best but even then I can be elusive. But no one knows why I do the things I do - what has happened in my life - why I make the decisions I make - what hurts - what makes me truly happy - the wrongs done to me and my family - or the wrongs I have done to  others - the things that bother me in a deep way - the jobs I have held down - my gifts - my abilities - my preferences - my religious beliefs - my favorite food - my relationships with other family members  - all the books I read - the things that really effect my world view - I think you get the point.

Now they same goes for all the other people in the world out there - I don't know them.

When I look at people lately I try to remember that I don't know their story - how can I judge? It is unfair and very wrong of me to label them and put them in a box so that they neatly fit into a description and make them explainable. Maybe I could find out a bit about them. Maybe that won't happen. But at least I can be aware that just like me they are a complete jigsaw made up of all the things that has happened in their lives and I would have no idea what they have been through and why the live their lives the way they do.

This is so hard to do if you are hooked in - plugged in - to the world view of the media in the society where you live and breath. So many people form the opinions that they have from the news - current affairs report - talk back show - etc etc. I know of very few people that will willingly research and explore and try to discover truths so as to have an informed opinion. I love to change my mind. In the sense that I love to learn. I love to understand something. I allow my learning through reading to evolve. I am truly amazed that one book read will somehow correspond in even just a little way to the next that I read.


Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The current book that has just got me spellbound and in awe of my ignorance is a book called PEOPLEQUAKE by Fred Pearce. Well that has turned my views upside down on population. Given me a very different view to the normal doomsdayers that the world is going to self destruct through over population. It has also given me a very interesting history lesson of the world I have lived through over the past 47 years and was fairly ignorant to most things discussed within it's pages. That is just one example.

I have never met a Jew.
I have never met a person from Russia.
I have never been to Vietnam.
I have never been invited or spent time with an Aboriginal family in Australia.
I have never been through an earthquake.
I have never been without water every day of my life.
I have never gone hungry.
I have never ever in my life not had a bed to sleep in.
I have never been without a home.
I have never been pursecuted by the law / government.
I have never met and spoken to a Muslim.
I speak one language - English. I cannot speak or comunicate to another person in their language.


I live in a bubble in Bauple, Qld, Australia.
It is peaceful, plentiful, safe, predictable.
I have a home we are paying of. 
We struggle with bills but we are not destitute.
I have ALL of my immediate family with me and around me. Husband, both parents, three children, 2 grand children.
I can believe in God and not be persucuted. I can go to church if I want. I can stay at home if I want.
I have access to all the food I could possibly need.
I can choose to sleep under the stars and choose to go "Camping".
I have so many choices that I choose to live a simple life. I choose it. That is amazing in inself.

HOW CAN I JUDGE?  HOW CAN I FEAR SOMETHING OR SOMEONE THAT I HAVE NEVER MET?  I know that bad things happen - they have happened in my families life. I know people can be hurtful and very unkind.  I understand that there are people who are fanantics and very zealous about their beliefs. But I just don't want to choose to live in fear.

Lately I have got side tracked and started to make statements that have not sat right with me. I really don't wish to go along that path. I want to choose the opposite direction. The alternative path. Instead of fear I choose peace.

Can I direct you to a post by Katherine. Please read this post. I had started to write this post and then I saw hers yesterday. I asked permission to post the link here and would like for you to read this.


TOLERANCE


Peace and tolerance and love to you all,
Wendy