Respect: Throughout Time

Thank you goes to Linda for her idea of bringing us together for this

Time Machine Blogging Challenge. 

Directions: Pick a time in your life that was critical to your development. You can go back or forwards in time. It can be real or imagined. After all, it is real if you imagine it!

Choose an idea or a skill or a value you hold dear in the present and infuse it into that time period.

Share your story of what happens to positively impact your life.

Stepping in The Time Machine I am in 1997:

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

True Story

The Television cameras were pointing at me as my turn came around the table to speak up, in front of me was President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga As The President of Sri Lanka.jpgShe had a wonderful green sari on and was smiling profusely. My mouth went dry, was I really in Sri Lanka?

How had I arrived here? was this really me about to take my turn to speak?

Time stopped as I took a breath and my mind went blank!

I had travelled a long way upon my journey Sometimes our ‘Journey’ takes us along various routes and detours but each road is one of discovery

Time travel back to 1969:

But Dad, I don’t want to work in a factory”, can’t I go to art college?”.. I wanted to say, but I knew it was worthless, even my teacher had tried to persuade my parents about further education, but to no avail. I had to respect my Dad’s wishes, that was how it was.

I was the eldest of 5 siblings and I was needed to bring in a wage, and the factories brought in the best wages.. And it was either the sewing factory or the Poultry factory; both had been on our  girls school antennary to visit in our last term as we were given ideas for career paths.

The slaughtering of chickens had sickened me, and the stench of it had stayed in my nostrils the whole day. No way was I going to work there!.

So at the age of 15 I left school to embark upon the next step of life out in the big wide world. I was plunged into an alien world of whirring machines, learning new names for them as well as new skills to operate them .

I would learn to mask my embarrassment of the more forward thinking girls, and laugh with a grin upon my face while noticeably turning red over their teasing  of a shy girl..

I would learn to master many skills within the textile trade over the next 30 years, and I would wear many hats with many names within the clothing industry, From machinist, I climbed through the various ranks to Training Manager. During this time I also held the title of Mrs, and Mum, to two children with a Mum break of around 5 years in between.

The one trait that got me through all of those years was to Respect all as  equals. No one was lesser or more than myself. I didn’t adopt habits of swearing or cursing and surprisingly in every place I have worked, while being very open minded, as I can laugh along with the rest over a good joke, others would always curb their language when I was around and would respect my dislike of its use. I could also communicate with top executives and was not afraid to voice  respectful opinions and ideas to help production costs

I ran many teams over the years putting in new styles, and would overhear some wonderful stories, that would make your hair curl Smile  and it would often make me smile when I walked back and forth to hear conversations alter as girls would say “watch your language Sue’s about!”.. I would never expect anyone to do something I couldn’t achieve myself, and would sit at any machine on the factory floor and work for long lengths of time to show girls I could earn my money in the minutes provided in Piece-Work. And if I couldn’t I would get it retimed.. ( as I was the one with the stop watch!) Winking smile 

I would act as negotiator in Union disputes and always tried to treat others fairly. Earning the respect of both parties involved.  I would hire, and yes at times have to fire, I would represent Industry as we linked with Education and took pride in being part of the first Business and Education Partnerships in schools, which helped create links for work experience for students in our area. I would put on fashion shows which I helped students design and then sew under supervision in our factories.. Life was Full on..

So began the mutual respect between us, and I was pleased to call this real Team-Working at its best.

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
Albert Einstein

A collection of memories

A collection of memories

Fast-forward to 1997: I was back in the room with camera pointing straight at me

The day had  already been non-stop. I was here on a business trip and for this first week I was part of the London Chamber of Commerce Trade delegation, we had been to a lavish reception the evening before at the British High Commission in Colombo, And had visited a wonderful building in the morning where the prices of Tea had been bought and sold to listen to someone else speak.

I cleared my throat,… the person next to me finished what they were saying and I took a sip of water. I began speaking my rehearsed lines, but the only thing I could hear was the drumming in my ears from the pounding of my heart.

“ My name is……… and I am the Training Manager for…………… We have Nine Divisions World Wide and employ at the present time 2,980 people. We are here to familiarise ourselves with current sewing training, and to meet with local colleagues in Sri Lanka. We are also here to familiarise’ ( I knew I was repeating myself and I could feel my colour rise ) ‘ourselves with training cultures with the view to source training availabilities by visiting colleges.”

I turned to my colleague M, who was the Training Development Executive for help, and she then took over to fill in with more details; the next delegate spoke as the cameraman turned his lens on them. The whole event was surreal.

The month prior we had nearly cancelled our visit due to a bomb exploding in the Capital of Colombo by the Tamil Tigers. To be honest thinking back I never had given the world of politics much heed, so wrapped up within my own world of work had I been. It would be later I would find out more about this fascinating Woman before me in the Green Sari  and how tragedy had struck her  different members of her family and how later another bomb explosion was to take her sight of one eye. I have huge respect for this lady.

The warmth of everyone I met  in Sri Lanka had a huge impact upon me for  along while to come.. I saw how the other half lived as they washed their clothes in the river, and saw how many lived on so little. I saw the rubbish piles on the streets in our travels, and the heavy carts both people and cows pulled along. I marvelled how the children walked to school all neat and tidy in their uniforms, and held my breath often as we travelled the long distances to our Factory bases along roads where no rules seemed to apply, and where Cows  were the only ones who seemed to have rights of way. 

What struck me beyond any thing else, was that most of the time the people smiled.. They were courteous and respectful and even though they had nothing much their happiness radiated out and was contagious..

I saw the contrast of how the rich lived with the lavishness splashed out for those in business at the reception we were given in the British High Commission and the poverty so many endured just a few miles away.

For those of you who may be thinking our firm exploited these girls, let me say their factory conditions were newer and better than our own in the UK, They were purpose built on new industrial sites.  We were there to help set up training which would get these sewing machinists recognised as skilled machinist, Ours were not the sweat shops we see all too often on foreign shores..  Many families relying on their incomes and our firm also provided free medical care which extended to their immediate families. 

I left the industry for good in 2004, it was to be the same year that the Earth quake hit on Boxing Day December 26th. Where thousands perished.  I remember sending my colleagues messages. And later learnt many who had worked within my old company had lost their lives that day.   I took with me the respect I have always had for others and applied it within my daily life.. Both with people and with Nature and our Animal Kingdom..

If we  all of us had more respect for each other the world would not be as it is today, I have great respect for all throughout all walks of life..

Its up to each of us to learn to respect not only others but to remember to also respect ourselves

We are all of us worthy of respect!

Regardless of what backgrounds we have come from or what religion we follow or the colour of our skin



Thank you again Linda for bringing us together for this

Time Machine Blogging Challenge. 

Time Machine Challenge


And if you have survived to read down this far.. I say thank you so much for  staying the course and reading.. The Irony of this Post is that on Tuesday my daughter is to travel out to Sri Lanka

 Bon Voyage Love you  J, Mum. xx

The next up for Time Machine Blogging Challenge is  Sarah for October 12th .

Also Thanks go to Sindy for creating the logo of the Time Machine.

Love and Blessings

Enjoy your week





Update’s of Garden.


Dear friends, as promised I will update you on what has been happening in Dreamwalker’s Garden

I am slowly working my way around you all, and hope to have an interesting post on Sunday which is part of Linda’s  Time Machine Blogging Challenge 

There are still a few more dates if you are interested in taking up Linda’s challenge.. at the above link  

Mine will be posted on Sunday.

In the mean time  

For this moment is all I seek

As conscious thought in unity greets

My heaven on Earth is held in time

As I grab my pen to create this Rhyme

Oneness is all I feel

As into my garden I gaze surreal

Tranquil thoughts as nature Blends

My thoughts of Peace are what I send

 You can also see what I have been doing with my Begonia’s 


And what I have helped to build


Love and Blessings 


Healing Words

Healing Words Poem

Let the Pen flow across the page

Allow it to release all that pent up rage

Form the words as they are born in your mind

Feel the Lightness as you let go and unwind


See the Messages we give to ourselves

Pouring out emotions so long held

Poetry in Motion, Healing at a stroke

As we let go of Anger that we never have spoke


See the patterns that form into words

Voice them on paper, so they can be heard

They say the Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Know their Power, as we cut the cords


Words and Letters may jumble and mix

Once Written out loud they can heal and fix

The long held wounds we hold in our hearts

So take out your Pen- Let the Healing Start!

© Sue Dreamwalker 2015 All rights reserved.

The above poem I doodled today… I wonder what a Graphologist would have to say about my scribbling .. Open-mouthed smile Maybe I wouldn’t wish to know!

  Happy Writing everyone..

I will be busy this week, But I will be posting a few links as to what I have been doing recently in the Allotments  so keep  a watch out Winking smile 

Love to you all.


Oh and this was the amazing Moon Eclipse.. small I know taken on my phone. It was much larger in real life..

Have a Beautiful Week All of you

Love and Blessings



My How Time Does Fly!

5 Year Anniversary Achievement

Happy Anniversary with! You registered on 5 years ago! Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!

Today is my Anniversary with WordPress,  It is 5 years today when I transferred my whole blog to them from Windows Live Spaces, after starting with them in 2007 which also happened to be in October

My first post can be found Here  

I  wish to thank everyone so very much for making Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary what it is today.. 

Without YOU I would not still be blogging. 

I just want to thank ALL of you for your wonderful support over the years. So here are some Flowers just for you

Especially my long time Live Space friends, you all know who you are..  

Welcome too, to all  my New Subscribers, I just had a look and was surprised to see how the numbers have risen recently to a massive 858 followers.. I am amazed!.  I hope you find lots of interest among my pages.. 

Many Thanks  Again, and Have a Wonderful Weekend 

Love ~Sue~


All Things Connect!

I have been busy over the last few days…
Misty Morning on the Allotment Plot

Misty Morning on the Allotment Plot

And I will show you what I have been up too at a later date.
In the mean time others on the plot have been very busy weaving. 
Spiders Web 1

Woven Web beneath the raspberries

 The  many hundreds of spiders webs stand out on this misty morning.  

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it.”

  “Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves”.

“ All Things are Bound Together”

and as Chief Seattle so wisely understood, he knew that what we do to  others will  ultimately affect ourselves.

Spiders web2

How beautiful is this giant web strung across the flower bed

 The mist allowed me to see the many hundreds of webs within our plot. What we see and do not see may just be a matter of perspective.

To the Caterpillar who crawls about the cabbage patch all day, his world is a maze of Cabbage leaves, he sees nothing much beyond.. It isn’t until he transforms and becomes the Butterfly that he then sees a whole new world from another perspective. So too as we transform and alter our way of perception we will see many new things and possibilities unfolding before our eyes. As we begin to understand our Reality is not what we perceive it to be.

We need to see the Web of Life we are building, and we need to start to understand that we are each of us connected to one another.

We need to see what we are doing to our World and ourselves.

Spiders Web 3

This one stretched right across the path to our neighbours plot..

“All things connect”

All things are bound together..such is the Matrix of life,I am often speaking about Energies, and how we are all of us connected within that Energy Grid.. Just like the Spiders Web, so too is our Earth connected via various Energy Grids, the Megaliths and Pyramids, Energy spots such as the Bermuda Triangle along with various other places are all now known scientifically to be connected via Grid ley lines around our Globe to specific points that are in line..

Spiders Web 4

You have got to love the ingenuity of Spiders, they know flies love fruit what better place to have your home hiding under curled Raspberry leaves

We need to see what we are doing to our World and ourselves.

Each of us is responsible for our thoughts and actions, for each thought along with our actions ripple out and affect the web of all those around us.  We are seeing the ripple effects now as we see the tide of people fleeing their homelands which are torn apart by war.. 

I hope as leaders gather together and unite in their bid to find solutions to the problems which ultimately were created some years ago to the refugee crisis they learn that we are all of us are held together in one web.. That each thread connects to another and that we all of us are part of the whole, as hearts open and affect the Mass Consciousness of the whole 

“Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves”.

“ All Things are Bound Together”

“All things connect”

Blanket Web

Blanket Web

We can all of us bury our heads under a blanket hoping that problems will sort themselves out..


Some spiders spin tunnels, and others weave their blanket webs.

But our Earth is a living planet, we have seen how our disrespect and callous behaviours have polluted and caused extinction of species.. In our Animal and Insect Kingdoms and in our own Human species.

All life is sacred. 


No wonder I was bitten the other week by one, I must have destroyed lots of their webs I didn’t see when picking raspberries

I often try to avoid destroying Spiders Webs in the garden.. sometimes its impossible, but I send a thought in their direction as I am mindful of the effort taken to build such an intricate web.

We should be mindful of how Nature evolves, And we too are evolving,  we need to work in harmony with each other.

Each spiders construction a wonderful engineering feat. built to withstand the rain, allowing the wind to blow through it. We too have come along way in technology, but it means nothing without our Earth Mother to sustain us.

Spiders have been popping up both in my home, hanging on threads from my hair as I garden, and even have been appearing within my dreams, over several months now.. And you may be interested in reading  their properties in the Spider Totem meaning..

  • “Patience
  • Receptivity
  • Feminine energy
  • Creativity
  • Weaver of life’s fate
  • Shadow self, dark aspects of life or personality

The spider as a spirit animal offers many interpretations. Its symbolism has both a dark and a light side, reflecting its connection with life’s many facets. More to be found HERE 

Maybe we now need to extent our own feminine energies by showing the world Love and Compassion, We need to show patience and tolerance, as we see played out the Dark and Light aspects of Human Nature throughout the world.

We are the weavers of our own Fate..


This web reached out about a foot. and its extending thread lines ran almost across a half of the plot securing it in position between the fruit shrubs.

Each Web has a strong central point.. We too have within us a strong central point.. Its our Hearts.. When we learn to centre our hearts and join in love along the threads now being shown to us, we too can reach out further than we ever thought possible.. Joining together different creeds, numerous colours, various nationalities..

Our common Thread is LOVE 

May we All learn to Connect once again to our hearts..

And hold Love at our core for All on Mother Earth.

New Earth

New Earth

 All spiders web photo’s taken on our Allotment plot…

Love and Light 



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