Saturday, October 3, 2009
Of those before me.
I guess I am somewhat in awe of those folks. Filled with a dream and hope and little else they had often sailed halfway around the world to carve out a place of their own. They had no option to return, it was do or die. Many died. Quite a number were beaten by the harsh environment or economic hardship or a combination of both. Some however perservered and succeeeded. It is these I owe such a debt of gratidude to. They fill me with optimism when the weather and the global financial crises combine. Their example of unrelenting perseverance in the face of what can only be described as soul breaking challenges humbles me and imparts a courage from beyond myself. The fruit of thier labour has set the stage for the life I now enjoy and though many complain of what they did wrong, sitting here on such a cold wet day I cannot find it within me to judge what I cannot know except from the comfort of its success.