Doing nothing is still harder than doing something

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
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Flag of China  , Guangdong,
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In front of government offices (police stations etc) there is usually one or more guards standing at attention on an elevated platform.  As I walk past them I think to myself that that must be one of the most difficult jobs in the world.  When we were involved in the filming of a TV series we waited around 99% of the time to be filmed 1% of the time.  The acting was easy but the waiting was very tiring.

Personally I don't like work when it is work and I especially don't like doing nothing.  The world is changing faster than most of us realize.  The world we left last June is a far different world than we have today.  I just have to look at my own little world with Sabrina at 13 mature enough to handle most of what life throws her way. Then I wonder what life will be like when we return and plan for how best to reintegrate into home, work and friends given what we have learned travelling.  We now have this Swine Flu, still reeling from the banking crisis that was started by the housing crisis that resulted from our over spending and indulging in more than we should have been.  In essence, we (collectively) have been caught with our fingers  in the 'cookie jar' taking more than our share and 'mamma' has slapped our hand so hard that it is still tingling. 

Maybe it has to do with time zones or something but even with a business degree and years of experience I can't for the life of me figure out how just a few months ago US banks were broke and a crisis was at hand then after the government 'bailed them billions of dollars' now report this month that they earned billions of dollars again in profits.  I don't know about you but stuff like this scares me.  I gave up believing in the tooth fairy and Santa Clause some time ago but am beginning to think that may have been premature.  I keep hoping that when I go to bed I will wake up and everything will make more sense in the morning..........

This week I focused on looking at different opportunities for business here in China.  I have been working with Joe from Canada (Do you know him?  eh? ).   Janice has been looking at what she wants to do when she returns while at the same time pouring her efforts into teaching our children, teaching English, learning Chinese and experiencing as much of China as we can.   We attended our first ever China based bible study and I visited the famous Bar Street in Gombei with some new friends.  Janice and Sabrina have been attending fitness classes in the evenings. 

We know our time is limited here and most likely will not figure everything out so when in doubt we go do something fun as a family.  It's these times that help me not focus on what is happening around the world so much and more on what is happening right in front of me.  I realize every time what a wonderful experience we are having when I see and hear our children having fun.  My favourite sound in the entire world is the laughter of our own children. 

We had lots of laughs while visiting The Lost City (Water City). "It is a large-size water park, composing of ten parts: the waterfall, the man-made wave pool, the torrent river, the drifting river and the children's pool. It functions as a summer resort and an amusement park. Imitations of the wonders of ancient civilizations function as the background of the park."  We also got our first sun burns of the year!!

Work is Work and doing nothing is still harder than doing something.


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ndiloren
ndiloren on

H1N1
Hey

Any worries there regarding the swine flue?

Here everyone is really worried and somewhat scared.

Later my brother.

eddakath
eddakath on

Awesome Blog Mate
I've been in China teaching English for Four years and always in very rural and poor areas. In my blog I try to explain that the China we know of and are taught about back home is not the China that is my reality living here. Most of my friends don't believe me, or if they do I guess the picture they get is not the one I am trying to paint. Not their fault as i guess no one could truely understand the real China unless they have lived here for some time.
OR...maybe its the way I try to explain it or maybe I don't actually explain it at all.
In the few pages you've written about the differences between 'us and them' you've pretty much got it covered so I might just send people to your blog when I need some back up! hahaha
What youre doing with and are offering your family is an amazing thing and I totally believe, The Right Thing!
Your children will see a side of life that most can only dream of and it will make them much more open to what life really is about...happiness and respect!
Have you thought about maybe putting your children into an International School and staying longer or even moving on to Vietnam etc. You could continue teaching and they could continue expanding their minds and living in cultures they never dreamed they would.
Anyhow, something to think about.
Beers N Noodles toya........shane

pdreynol
pdreynol on

your china experience
As so many in Canada and elsewhere have been falling behind and suffering during the recession it sounds like your travels have made you richer. The impact on the children's global perspective must be immense. I am sure that they will come away with a world-view and be open to change and culture in ways that simply would not be possible without experiencing Mexico, south China, Peru, etc.

While the world lost many trillions of dollars in just 10 months your entire family was enriched.

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