Quiet Appreciation - Final Thoughts on Sri Lanka
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As I sit here on my last day in
Quiet Appreciation the title of this blog entry and a phrase that sums up my visit to
Being a little older now on my fourth visit, you tend to see things a little differently then when you were younger. Things that were not as important before are more important now. I got a taste of it 10 years back when I visited, but this time around I felt it more then ever, family.
Quiet appreciation for my family. I say this because around family in times of reminiscing, as I mentioned I just sit back and listen to the stories. Some may think Iâ€™m a bit quiet here but its not done purposely, usually all I can do in these sessions is be the catalyst, be the one to ask questions about years gone by. In
When surrounded by family like this all the time I always get this feeling of unconditional love.
I think thatâ€™s what it is about
In North American society I donâ€™t think the same sense of family is there. Maybe Iâ€™m making a big generalization, but think about, for example, when you visit a retirement home in North America, how often do you see a person of Asian (Indian or Oriental) descent in there? Very rarely is the answer. The reason I know is family. Family takes care of each other, the parents take care of the children when they are young, and the children take care of the parents when they become old. Every part of life here in
This land, this country, I have a quiet appreciation for and the promise it has. I keep talking about promise, because as youâ€™ve seen from my blog entries, there is a wealth of history to this country, literally thousands of years. It is covered in ancient ruins, rainforest, tea estates and home to wild elephants, crocodiles and leopards. Moreover its home to all four of the worldâ€™s major religions; although a predominantly a Buddhist country, for the most part, people have got along here despite their differences (present era excluded). This country I know is better than it has been in the last 30 years of war. Appreciation for this country is why I put more details then I normally have in my blog entries, I take pride in this country and want it to flourish like it did long ago when it was a centre for trade and religious thought.
In the past few months since the war has ended things are changing, changing for the better I think. Yes there are still underlying issues that need to be resolved, but the people are flocking back in droves, expats and foreigners. My father told me the flight he arrived on from
P.S. I wrote this entry 6 days ago and only now did I get the chance to upload it. Iâ€™m still here in Sri Lanka. My father became very ill just before I was to leave for