My Pastoral visit to Wurrumiyanga last week was a strong reminder of connections. The Tiwi people value greatly family bonds. Intergenerational family life is part of everyday life. So many even live in extended family homes.
Traditionally they have also lived close to nature. The environment is very beautiful.
The sea is teeming with life. This includes a big crocodile that I saw swimming in the sea across the road.
Hunting, fishing and food gathering was part of life for thousands of years.
This life traditional style is somewhat challenged nowadays although many try to keep it and live it.
Reflecting on all this reminded me of the interconnectedness of all things. As I write I am looking at the clouds passing by in the blue sky. I can see the trees and other vegetation around. I hear the birds calling and two dogs resting under a bush.
As I let this sink in, I experience peace.
I was tired earlier today having been with people all morning. I received a phone call from an elderly person who lives alone. I decided to make a decision to listen when I preferred some solitude.
Reaching out to nature around us. Reaching out to others. Making decisions to be present helps to make us who we are meant to grow into.
These relationships connect us with the living God.
We find our best expression of self when we are connected with others, nature and God.
Indeed, these relationships help us to be truly connected with ourselves, to be who we are meant to be.
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