by Pamela Hubly
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Note: Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote:"The only way that
we can really achieve freedom is to conquer our fear of death"
It is a journey that one day we all must take. Below is one person's
approach to the journey which celebrates our spirit nature rejects
day an important person comes up to you and says a very strange
but interesting thing. He says that "they" have been
watching you for some time now and they feel they need you to
work on an important project. The project is located in a country
quite a distant from here but you are the only one that has all
the qualifications needed. They have everything that you will
need, free transportation, free medical care, clothing, a place
to stay, etc. It is important that you come because this project
will help a great deal of people and you are the one that can
do it the best. They know that it is sudden - "right out
of the blue" - and not something that you were expecting
at all. There are a number of other people working on this project,
and they are hopeful that you will come and help out. They are
very excited about your coming and have planned a big party just
for you. All preparations have been made such as: who is going
to meet you; where you are going to stay; and the part of the
project you are going to working on.
is one problem though. Although communications are excellent there,
people at home have problem getting messages. Telephone calls
are made and e-mails sent, but people at home don't answer or
the computers don't work or they seem to be too busy doing things
to listen and read the messages. However, there are usually a
few messages that get through to let them know that you are okay
and happy. Also there are a few special operators that relay the
message to the people at home, if the people at home take the
time to search out the operators.
project may take quite a while to complete and once you are there,
you make friends and feel more at home. It is often difficult
to leave and go back home because you are working on a project
you love. Your family can come and visit you or even stay, anytime,
and help with the project. But it is important that they are ready
to help with the project, if they wish to stay. The project works
best when people with the right abilities come at the right time.
It could be that they are working on their own projects at home
and need more skills to help out with this project. When they
are ready to help out with the project, they will be notified
and free transportation will be arranged.
first reaction is probably complete denial, "Are you crazy?
I'm not going anywhere". But as you think about it and do
a little research you start to think, "Yes, it does look
very good, a chance of a lifetime." There are a few relatives
there and some friends are already there working on the project.
They report that they are having a grand time and enjoying every
minute. They say that they can hardly wait to see you. You start
to think, maybe this is not so bad after all.
decide to go but you have to do some preparation. You need to
get your papers in order and make sure that things will be okay
at home. You visit all your friends and let them know that you
are planning to go away to do some important work and although
you will miss them, you will be doing what you've always wanted
to do and you will try to keep them posted. You talk to your family
about all the neat stuff you've done together, take some pictures
for them and you, let them know that you love them, but that your
participation is needed in the project and only you can do it.
You might have a big party, invite all your friends, and laugh
and dance and sing.
time draws closer that you have to go. Your mind is partly on
what it will be like where you are going and partly those last
minute details at home that you need to finish up.
morning of departure arrives. Your family and a few friends go
to see you off. You turn to them and say good-bye, give them a
kiss and proceed to your transportation. You feel sad upon leaving
but anxious to start your new adventure. You are surprised to
see who is waiting for you. An old friend that you hadn't seen
in years. You can't believe how good she looks. She says that
she to has been working on the project and is having a great time
and is so happy to see you. You turn to wave to your family and
friends as they get smaller and smaller. You ask your friends
about the project and you feel like this is what you've always
wanted to do in your whole life. You say,"Gee. I feel like
I'm home. I'm going to like this so much".
family goes home and of course thinks about you quite a bit. They
are sad that you have left but happy that you got such a wonderful
opportunity to use your skills with such wonderful people to look
after you. Your family knows that they will go to visit you a
little later and see how you are doing. They hope to hear from
you as soon as possible but realize that you will need a little
time to meet people and adjust to your new surroundings. They
look forward to hearing from you and planning to visit you someday
down the road.
an avid reader of the 'Times' lives in Halifax. This was written
in way to communicate with family.
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