Sunday, January 02, 2005

 
On New Year's Eve we stood on our flat roof which has a commanding view of much of Maui and watched firework displays in four directions. The neighbors were setting off firecrackers, and the air was filled with the smell of acrid smoke. Between the beauty of the colorful, blazing fireworks in the night sky and the noisy island-wide vibe of celebration, I contemplated my year ahead and the future of Maui, the World and all the creatures great and small that inhabit this small planet.

Like most everyone else, I have been praying for all the tsunami victims and survivors. The scale of this recent disaster is just so huge that it's almost hard to imagine: MILLIONS of people have been first-hand impacted. The feeling that so many sense (including myself) is that IT has begun, and with this feeling, there is dread. The news reports of possible other calamities that can happen anytime all around the world, and thus, to find joy is an exercise in overcoming anxiety and finding the balance in the heart. It's not easy for me.

I spent time with my partner several years ago on PhiPhi Island in Thailand and in Phuket, Thailand. I know the beaches there well and have warm memories of the lovely, sweet Thai people. They asked us to adopt them and take them home with us. The dream of so many Thai people we discovered was to come to America and work as a house servant. Thailand was great for tourists, but not equally so for the locals for their lives were fairly tough. As I found out years before when Neplase and Tibetan people we had interacted with wished us to take them to America, bringing other nationalities into our country isn't easy. Of course, where would we even begin as every person we met who asked us was equally adorable!

My knock-off Nike sandals were purchased on PhiPhi Island, and now when I hike in them, I will hike with haunting memories. On my bureau with many photos, I have a picture of myself at the famous Beach (made famous by the movie called The Beach) with just my smiling head above the light aquamarine water. I had felt such strong mermaid energy there. I read that 300 or more were missing from there. As fantastical as it might seem, I like to imagine that those that are missing were adopted by the mermaids and have been moved to where the living is easy.



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