Our Living World is Dying
Stacey Worman, 2006-2007 Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellow
Date: September 10, 2006
To: Undisclosed recipients
Re: Final Thoughts, the Work/Life Dichotomy
There's not too much more today, but seeing as I told you all about the work we did, I thought I'd just add a final little thought about the life we lived...
Living at our office, we could have spent the entire time working . With such a large problem at hand, there were always more documents to read, more reports to write, and more data to collect...we could easily have busied ourselves every second of every day.
And I saw that one unfortunate scene while at the Great Barrier Reef . But the crew has been around the world, observing unfortunate scene after unfortunate scene, from degraded corals to dynamite fishing to sharks being finned. Troubling scenes are indeed endemic to their line of work, and they could have easily created a pretty dreary atmosphere onboard, seriously affecting our lives...
But they didn't.
Instead, I spent the entire two months with a huge smile on my face. For two months, we entertained each other and ourselves in a space that was only 84-feet long. We had parties and danced. We sang songs and told jokes. We acted and performed. We dressed in silly costumes and took funny photos. We read poetry and created art. We played practical jokes and snapped each other with kitchen towels. In short, it was probably the richest and most fulfilling life I have ever lived.
This has been yet another example for me, of how the only real resource we need is one another. And furthermore, how the best thing you could ever be in this world is positive...
I'm still moving about Australia . Brenda and I took an "eco-tour" yesterday with this named Weaver who walked out of his house and spent 10 years walking across Australia. Today he plants trees and I helped him water them. He says that if every person simply planted one tree, then the world would be a much better place...it's that simple!?! Our "eco-tour" ended with a 3 ½ hour lunch buffet at Sizzler...
That's all on my end for now! As you can tell, I'm saving some stories for sharing until I get home...