Wow! We are here in South Korea now but only for 3 days! Our lovely tour guide, Pete, honoured us with an amazing Korean BBQ last night and then we crashed early after our 14 hour flight.
We are staying in the Gangnam area of Seoul. Gangnam translates as “South of the River”, it’s very international and there is so many cool things to see and do here. I hope we get the chance to snoop around, our Swingle concert is in Daejeon tonight.
Every year the Swingles do Secret Santa and on our plane journey Jo did the ceremonious “passing of the name hat” although this year the “hat” was a barf bag (clean, mind you). So, the names have been drawn and the clever gift cogs have started to turn. I love it! Last year we were in Russia and got those coasters that also have funny faces on them and hook onto your nose! Jo and Kevin look stellar. I believe this year the party will be in Italy as it’s our last tour date before Christmas. That means lots of time to find the perfect gift!
2016 has been a heck of a year. Many historic things have happened worldwide as well as life changing personal events including my Dads death. I could be sad and angry about these events, I could spit about how 2016 better run for the hills and 2017 is our only hope… but I don’t believe that. I believe that 2016 has molded me and formed me into a person who knows more about life’s beauty. If everything were awesome all the time then how would you ever know? It would just be normal.
A while ago I drew a picture of a Jack Pine. A Jack Pine is a North American conifer that only spreads its seeds after being exposed to heat, usually a forest fire. The tree is small and usually crooked and the cones remained closed for long periods of time until a heat source causes them to open. This type of release is called Serotiny: a specific environmental change leads to the release of new life. What I find really interesting is how many of these types of plants open their cones in a fire but will not drop their seeds until the rain comes. Then there is hope. The fire may be long and burn fiercely but hold on, the rain is coming and so is your new life.
I hope this song inspires you...