so...I've been home for a couple of weeks now...almost. The trip home was very good, without much complications or discomfort. Though I did lose my passport in the Sydney airport just prior to boarding the plane. Whew - found it quickly - had dropped it upon exiting the restrooms, and found a man walking around with it, open, comparing the photo with people he saw. I walked up to him, and said yup...that's me....and thank the lord for you to have picked it up. The rest of the trip, although long, was tolerable - considering the circumstances of it being the end of the most wonderful and exciting trip of my life!!
The kids came to meet me at the airport, and crushed me upon my exit to the arrivals lounge. It was a wonderful weekend to spend at home with them again.
So what do I remember best/worst from my trip? best? well pretty much the entire trip in one capacity or anotehr. would I go back? in a heartbeat! Mostly, I seemed to have identified a manner to be, yes simply be, and enjoy the immediate moment, the current slice of time and events - be complete there, and totally aware. And ... in a practical sense, if I put as much energy into exploring and seeking adventure here as I did over this trip there, then our world class recreation opportunities 15-45 minutes from home came also give me the same thrills? well ok, its a stretch, as Australia, and the GBR, and, and, and.....that's still special to our backyard. But, the important thing is, it is all about your mental approach to the circumstance - you and an individual are completely resonsible for how you feel, regardless of circumstances.
And the best part - I had had some curiousity about hanging onto this once dropped back into the mayhem of daily "working" life. well, so far so good. there has been a "space" created that I can go to any time I wish, and it is this soft, calm, quiet, serene, comfortable, peaceful, and very happy place. This will be the lasting memory of this most wonderful and exciting adventure.