Monday, June 1, 2009

Open to Disappointment

"When there's a big disappointment, we don't know if that's the end of the story. It may be just the beginning of a great adventure."

—Pema Chödrön

9 comments:

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan,
Is this how you feel about not retiring when you expected to?

Are these a rhododendron? So pretty.

I walked in the park today and often think of you at those times and how you would adore the walking...

I was telling my walking buddy about your town and its wonderful community activities and we lamented the fact that our town is not like that or too big to feel that way, altho I did go out walking with the Noosa Parks Assoc people on Sunday...

Happy Days

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Delwyn,

Disappointments big and little come my way, but usually they're mostly my story about things not going as I'd hoped they would. If I back up a step or two, and just see the facts in front of me, the situation tends to be more manageable.

The town of Sebastopol has changed since we moved here. It responds to citizen input and involvement. The walking club idea is something we just made up out of thin air, really. Usually 12 - 20 people show up for a walk. The nearly 100 we got on Saturday surprised us all. Your Noosa Parks Association sounds very similar to our group... you start there and build on it.

Katherine said...

Dan. When I first came to Tauranga I thought I could be and do anything... Then the feeling wore off as I realised how huge this city is... Recently I've started to regain that old feeling again - something to do with beginning my art degree, something to do with my 'glad' notebook that I write in every night (which has a lot to do with you) and something to do with reading about the role you and your wife play in your town... So what if it's a big city? That just means I can reach more people! I am going to join with a group that is tree-planting along a new expressway this weekend! I am re-writing my story :o)

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn,

Yes, the flowers are blossoms on a rhododendron tree in Salt Point Park. They grow naturally among the Bishop Pines in the forest. I'm told a fire some decades ago has something to do with the rhododendrons doing so well there. They're very pretty when blossoming in the spring.

I sure wish I knew half as much about plants as you do. I'm going to begin by buying a flower identification book for our area. Your posts have inspired me to learn more.

Dan Gurney said...

Katherine,

I am very glad if reading my posts has encouraged you to become more active in your community. I am confident that you'll find involvement in community to be very rewarding and well worth the time you invest. You're right to suppose that the size of the city simply means you'll reach more people.

Yeah for you! Go boldly forth. Doors will open. Opportunities will arise.

Delwyn said...

Dan,
I have just bought a book of native plants in mt area and I am using it every day after my walks...I wish I had thought about it before. Each day now I realise I can identify more plants. I also bought the local bird book. Google can be helpful but time consuming especially when barking up the wrong tree(haha) like I was this afternoon looking for a beautiful vine I photographed this morning.

Just reading the above comments from us three has reminded me how powerful blogging is - how we have reached out and inspired each other...its wonderful...

Happy Days

Sarah Lulu said...

Dan, Hello I love rhododendron trees ....we don't have them here they don't like the soil we have.

I'm glad you are accepting of your new and different journey, always better than what we expect.

Butler and Bagman said...

I agree completely that disappointments are usually the beginning of something better. Doesn't always feel like it at first, but almost always true.

Dan Gurney said...

B&B- Disappointments are simply change we didn't want or expect. It's mostly about ego, I think. Unexpected situations offer us opportunity to be unexpectedly creative.