Today I am grateful for China. When we lived in Jakarta, Indonesia for three years, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to other locations in Asia. Beijing, China was one of the most challenging and spectacular.
I was there with a friend after we had facilitated team building training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and were headed towards a meeting in Seoul, South Korea. Why not pop a few days in Beijing into the mix? Two days, that was it. . .18 years ago!
Now I’ve been asked to do a talk on China on Monday, August 18th, as part of a travel series at Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, PA.. China? I have tons of stuff on Indonesia, but you want China? Oh boy. What have I got, I wondered? Then I started poking around my personal archives. . .aka, my house. I have too much stuff. Thank God.
I found slides. Yes, slides. Those old fashioned things you put into a contraption and they show on the wall. Jurassic power point. As I started pulling, sorting and assembling them into some kind of order, I realized I have more stuff on China than I thought I had. I owe my friend who suggested I have slides made of all of my best pictures while still in Jakarta, where it was cheap. Great idea. Then I found pictures I had blown up, which I am posting on boards, tea pots, a table cloth, John’s cloisonné dragon and tons of other stuff. Now I’m excited. I love doing this sort of thing and haven’t done it in years and years. I hope it’s like riding a bike!
So today I’m grateful for China. It was a life-changing experience visiting this amazing country and I’m excited to share.