Only a few weeks ago, I was terrified of the ocean; the fear of the unknown; the fear of what I could step on while paddling; and a huge fear of the marine life that you find below it.
But not anymore! After a week at @batubatuisland, listening to their shark and turtle talks given by the @tengahislandconservation team and my incredible afternoon scuba diving with @justtheblueofus__ us my fear has now been turned into love, curiosity and a feeling of calm.
So, here I am, swimming with some Black Tip Reef sharks (yes, I know they’re only small but you’ve got to start somewhere, right? 😉). They were amazing and each time we went into the water, we hoped that we’d spot them. But, sadly, during one of the shark talks, we found out that a staggering 11,000 sharks are killed every hour. That’s 73million a year! And as sharks aren’t reproducing enough to compensate for this extreme loss in numbers, some breeds will face extinction in less than 10 years. A high percentage of these killings is due to shark finning - a brutal practice whereby poachers hack off the shark fin, throw the shark back into the sea where it will later drown. The fin is then sold to be used in shark fin soup (a dish with almost zero nutritional value and very little flavour but yet the demand for it is increasing). It’s the classic conversation of a short-term want being met at the expense of a long-term need. The world needs sharks - they are a vital part of the ocean’s ecosystem and to its coral reefs - but people want the satisfaction of eating shark fin - but at what cost? No soup or culinary dish is ever worth the extinction of an animal - don’t you agree? •
This is also my image to introduce this month’s hashtag #mycreativesummer_inthewater. Only images posted to this tag between now and August 30st are eligible to be featured.
Go check out the other posts kicking off the theme today!
(Chapter One 3/12)
I didn’t feel pain when I hit the water, I only felt the pressure of water as I sank down like a brick, not knowing how to swim. Holding my breath desperately, I jerked my arms and legs in every direction in a hopeless attempt to swim, which I entirely forgot about when I saw her, and froze still.
She was floating in front of me, the reflections of light shimmering on her serene face, making it evermore stunning if possible, and her hair dancing a graceful ballet around her head, like nothing I had ever dreamed of.
Harmony. That’s what I saw. And what I felt. And what I wanted to be a part of. Her skin. It looked as ethereal as luminescence itself. Her voice. It sounded as entrancing as her resplendent eyes,
when she whispered, this is only a dream. I didn’t care. I was just there, in that moment, and I wanted to be there. Forever.
I was so lost in her that I didn't notice what was coming towards us.
This is how I want my daily life to look like! Lying by the water and taking all the vitamin D in.
But on a second thought 💭 how can we appreciate weekends and vacations if our daily life was a constant lazy holiday! So, my friends, let’s have a great weekend and recharge for the week that’s already round the corner 👊🏻
Che cos’è l’erba?
Mi chiese un bambino portandomene a piene mani;
come potevo rispondergli?
Non so meglio di lui che cosa sia.
Suppongo che sia lo stendardo della mia vocazione,
fatto col verde tessuto della speranza.
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Twinkle, twinkle, little star, I don’t wonder anymore so much what you are! 💫
Your bubbly personality shines bright every day, and it’s such a joy to watch you grow into the adventurous little boy that you've ever been since you saw the light of the day. Full trust in this world and all arms to hold you on your jumps and flights. And my favourite milestone is that after more than 22 months of “No’s” you’ve finally added “Yes” to your vocabulary! 💃 🎉 And I’m not kidding when I’m saying that in all the time he hasn’t ever said it once, not even saying it after me. But now that I get diverse answers to my questions it feels as if we’re having finally real conversations! So let’s now talk about the diaper business, baby! 😉😅 #mycreativesummer_inthewater
🌹👧🏻 - So #beautiful#scene!🌙 ⭐️ 👶🏻 💜♥️🌱.
This reminds me of the book 📚 #지성에서영성으로 by #이어령#박사님 Former #문화부장관 in #Seoul#Korea. He became a #christian after being through it all due to his late daughter: #이민아#목사님. .
태양이 떠오르려고 산의 능선이 붉게 물들어 있습니다. 이슬진 소나무 잎에서는 송진 냄새가 풍겨오고 산에서는 햇빛을 기다리며 한꺼번에 지저귀는 새소리가 들립니다. 새벽의 여명 속에 떠오른 민아의 얼굴은 행복에 터질 듯이 빨갛게 상기되어 있었습니다.
발레리나처럼 가벼운 발걸음을 한 계단 한 계단 옮겨 놓으면서 뒤를 돌아다보며 계속 손을 흔듭니다. 보통 때 같았으면 “조심해!”라고 했을 텐데 저는 그만 저도 모르게 이렇게 소리치고 말았습니다.“민아야, 나 세례 받는다고 해. 목사님께 말해.” 만약 내가 세례를 받는다고 하면 인간이 가질 수 있는 최고의 행복을 민아에게 줄 수 있다. 완벽한 아침 완벽한 삶을. 그래, 거짓말이면 어떠냐. 인간에게는 거의 불가능한 그 완벽한 행복을 내 한마디면 줄 수가 있다. “민아야, 나 세례 받는다고 해.” 나도 모르게 외치고 말았습니다.
그랬지요. 4월의 새벽 봄빛이 그렇게 빛나지만 않았더라면 새벽 공기가 푸성귀처럼 그렇게 풋풋하지만 않았더라면 결코 나는 그렇게 외치지 않았을 것입니다. “나 세례 받는다.”고. 아! 하나님 어쩌자고 자신도 없으면서 이런 맹세를 했을까요.
먼 데서도 민아의 눈에 아침 이슬이 맺혀 있는 것을 똑똑히 느낄 수 있었지요. 아, 하나님 감사합니다. 땅에 있는 아버지가 아니라 하늘에 계신 하나님을 향해 내 딸 민아는 그렇게 외치고 있었을 것입니다. 그 아이가 보는 그 햇빛을 내가 보고 내가 숨쉬는 새벽 공기를 그 애가 호흡합니다.
살아있다는 것, 사랑한다는 것, 그리고 함께 서로를 마주보며 오늘을 이야기한다는 것. 마치 천지창조 일곱째 날 아침과도 같은 신선한 우주 속에서 나는 그만 지고의 감동을 위해서 약속을 하고 말았습니다. . . . .
딸에게, 목사님에게 그리고 하나님에게 – 모든 나무와 새들에게 세상에 살아있는 모든 것들에게.
이어령, 지성에서 영성으로, 128-130쪽.
#Mother#Mom#Father#Dad#Parents#Babies#unconditionallove#절대적인사랑#글스타그램#책스타그램 📚 #GoodNight 🌙 ⭐️ ✨🤗.
SINK or SWIM? | today I SWIM! I am ecstatic to have been chosen as one of the winners of the #mycreativesummer_inthewater challenge! My beautiful and creative daughter Ava took that photo for me as well as this one. I’m am constantly humbled by all of her gifts. ❤️Thank you to @pattischmidt @allthatisshe @the_life_of_aivax @kweilz @sienna.and.i @carolyn_mara @lauries_little_ones @bookishbronte @alexandriaslens @taraherron_photography @valerielovesheiko for choosing my image! 📷
They both went running into school this morning without a second look! But they also very happily came running out at hometime 😅 We had a little run around on the beach after tea and then cuddles and an early night. Let’s hope tomorrow goes as well! 💙