Yesterday, one of my FB friends, Josh Bartlett, posted the account of a young couple’s – and their children - harrowing experience during this months’ people uprising in Cairo, Egypt. Their story really touched me. It’s called The Lotus Revolution – How We Survived the Egypt Riots, and is a detailed written and photographic narrative of the actual events unfolding before their very eyes. Jon Butcher and his wife Missy (Jon is the author of the post) were in a “unique” position to see it all happen and he shared this incredible tale with us, asking at the same time some rather deep questions regarding how our own personal relationship with our own “ego” – our own “self” is shaped or affected by momentous events in our lives, not in the sense of a selfish approach, but rather pointing at the core of our very being and questioning it.I quote the actual questions here: this is a direct copy/paste from his notes. Please visit http://mylifebook.com/blog/?author=5 to read all about Jon and his family’s exceptional life-changing experience.
What are the most important situations and events you’ve experienced that have shaped you as a human being? Have you ever experienced an event that was so deeply intense, or powerful, or scary or or moving that it changed you to the core?
Do YOU ever stand still and reflect upon how you have evolved over the years, and what it was that made you become what you are today? How it affected you in your relationship with those around you?
If not... perhaps worth considering..?
And with this I leave you to ponder these questions and maybe you will be surprised at the YOU that you will discover deep inside you...
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend – Take care and remember that we are all part of a much larger picture!
(PS: The picture below was taken in Ano Kerdilia – a village just a few kilometres from where we live. I decided to add it here, because when I read Jon’s story I could not help but build a mental bridge to what my husband and I had learned when we visited the Kerdilia memorial site that has been erected in honour of the men and boys who were slaughtered in Ano and Kato Kerdilia at the hands of the German SS during the Second World War. These brutal events had lain shrouded in silence for so long because there is a great stigma attached to them. The two villages were completely burnt down... I remember standing there, up high, wondering how the women-folk and children who were made to witness these killings had managed their lives subsequently... Doesn't bear thinking about... I have documented this story and will post it in Emma’s Chronicles immediately following the Olive Pickers Saga.)