Tuesday, 15 March 2011

A circle of stones

Today the school started for the first time since the quake and it was nice to see them all getting back. I helped cooking the sausages on the BBQ and it was good to be in that environment. My daughter has a course at Uni tomorrow. Most students have lectures in tents so that's where she probably wil be as well. There will be no chemistry lab so they are going to do problem solving on the computer. All good.

In the weekend we picked up some kids from the home and went for a long drive. To be honest we were going to go for a tramp but I forgot where the track started so we ended up going somewhere else. We went to Ashley Gorge, had a short walk and a picknick. It was good to go out as there is not much entertainment in Christchurch. Everything is closed, the central city, the forest, the cinema's everything. In two weeks time we are taking our teens to Hanmer Springs. They are in need of some relaxation as well.

 
Relaxing in the beauty of Ashley Gorge. The kids enjoyed themselves with skipping stones in the water. They had never done that before
but learned quickly and the stones bounced of the surface lots of times.
I loved this circle made in the river and started to ponder.  There is no beginning and no end. A circle is infinite and will always last. Like the connection between people. We have seen that with the earthquake the circle of people became stronger. People connected to hold on to each other. Every stone symbolises for me a contribution from somebody to make the circle stronger. Everybody has something to give: a smile, a helping hand, a listening ear.

I still feel a bit overwhelmed by what is happening, the earthquake here, the tsunami in Japan. I think by focussing on my circle here and try to strengthen and reaching out with a little light and love it is easier to move forwards. I can’t change the drama, but I can strengthen the circle where I am and send a ripple around which hopefully will grow a little bigger and little stronger along the way.

Arohanui, marja

14 comments:

  1. What a place and a nice shot! Hugs

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  2. Love the symbolism of the circle - it made me feel hopeful again
    x

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  3. What a beautiful image from nature; and I love your circle. It feels strong and sacred. Nice to have you visiting my blog and to discover yours.

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  4. I can’t change the drama, but I can strengthen the circle...

    That is all anyone can hope to truly do. As usual, a great post and pictures Marja.

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  5. I agree with the second comment!What a beautiful image from nature!The circle is great!

    It´s sad and terrible to hear what´s happend at the moment in our world.
    Just the earthquake in NZ,now the disaster of nature (earthquake,tsunami,nuclear disaster)in Japan!My thoughts and prayers with everyone there!

    Groetjes;steffi

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  6. Ashley Gorge is one of my most favourite places. The symbol of the circle transends all religions and races, such a strong and binding sign that things are strong if we stay together.

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  7. Oh Marja, it is such a difficult time, but so good that people can pull
    together. I's hard to imagine much worse than what has happened in Christchurch and now in Japan, but the circle as you say shall not be broken.

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  8. I didn't realise there are so many schools in Christchurch. Some of the Christchurch students came to my student. Did I tell you that 100 evacuees ex refugees came up to Auckland? Our school raised a hamper for them. They had just arrived in NZ for 3 months.

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  9. Wonderful! Beautiful! Inspiring! Love this!

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  10. I like your thoughts about the circle! May I call it "the circle of humanity"? We are all concerned about Japan and now especially about the nuclear disaster..
    Here in Holland there are people discussing the wearing of headscarfs by muslim girls and women. I wonder if there is nothing more important to talk about.

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  11. Beautiful pictures ! it's so good that worst is over, and now it's Japan's turn. Terrible !

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  12. So much tragedy in the world, it gets overwhelming. It's a great idea to focus on your circle. Take care.

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  13. I like your interpretation of the stone circle and the reminder it took the cooperation of many people to create it. We had one similar at Kwomais Point Park near where I live in BC. It was taken away during a reconstruction period but I hope soon replaced by another. My thought is that these are healing circles. I see that in nature there are many circles to show there is no beginning or end but only transformation.

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  14. keep your head up sis and keep it cool, like the stones in the water. I wish I was with you to support you but the distance makes it impossible. we keep in touch,

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