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

WE ARE ONE

 

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

Sue

 

 

 

My How Time Does Fly!

5 Year Anniversary Achievement

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered on WordPress.com 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~

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Amazing commenters in 2014

 

This is the last post of today, Promise.. But as I feel a little guilty in not passing along Linda’s Commenter Award over at Litebeing Chronicles  And so will leave you with Linda’s Words.  

“Hi again Sue,
While I see you will no longer be writing awards posts………. So if you feel inspired to pass on my award to some amazing commenter’s, this could spark a ” movement”.

love to you my angel,
Linda”

 

LBCA

I therefore award my top 5 commenters with this Award with love and appreciation for your wonderful comments throughout 2014.

  • 1prenin                                                      143 COMMENTS
  • 2jacksjottings                                            117 COMMENTS 
  • 3Tropical Flowering Zone/Maria             90 COMMENTS 
  • 4narf77                                                     87 COMMENTS 
  • 5marina kanavaki                                     82 COMMENTS 

So Thank you again my  ALL my wonderful Community.. To ALL who make the effort to leave me your Drum Beats.. I thank all of you.. You are the ones who make my blog what it is today..Many Thanks

Love and Blessings… 

Sue

A Gift to share around the World.

After reading my post and seeing her original created  Angel Award upon my Award Page Angie from Kentucky Angel has something to share with you all also..

I will leave her comment to explain ..  “There are no nominations, no rules.  This year the award is for the Angel of Peace..”

“Congratulations Sue, on so many deserved awards. Now, if you could do me a favor, the Angel Award is one that I created with help from Don, and it can be found on my 12/31/14 post, Reviving An Award, or something to that effect. All of your followers are free to stop by and claim that one as well as the other, white rose Angel Award, for themselves, my effort to spread Peace, Harmony and Love, along with some baby steps to revive Mother Earth during 2015.

I’m glad the award was presented to you, but the spirit of the award was broken by being presented in that way, since it was given freely to everyone at its birth with the stipulation that they should offer it freely to everyone of their followers, in that way passing it around the world as many times as possible.

I guess when I got cut off from my blog, the story behind this award was also lost. I would really appreciate your help in getting the Angel Award spread around the world again, with people all taking those baby steps to save a piece of our Mother Earth, so maybe we can all together accomplish a few giant steps.
Love,
Angie”

So Please hop on over to her site HERE and spread some more Angelic Love around the world.. 2015 can need all the help it can, so lets start the year off to sharing more Gifts of Love and Peace.

Dreamwalker’s Drum Beat Award~Hearts as One!

Sue Dreamwalker Drumbeat Award

   As we step into a brand New Year, I  have created this Award  named Hearts As One~ Dreamwalker’s Drum Beat Award.

The Award opposite is that of my Drum, and upon it are the animals and Birds I painted which are close to my heart.  In the centre I digitally added a butterfly as the symbol of transformation.

The original Drum can be found Here in more detail, And I added the meaning of the totem animals there for your reference. you  see me holding my drum on my Gavatar picture.

So Why have I decided to create this Award.. Well over 2014 I have had the most wonderful compliments and awards given to me which I have to confess I have not passed along.. So many other things seemed to take up my time last year.

There are so so many of you who are deserving of this Dreamwalker’s Drum Beat Award, and it would be near enough impossible to distinguish between you all.So  what I am doing is, all of you who gave me awards in 2014 will be the first to receive my new award and can pass  it along to others..

So to all of you who have been so thoughtful in nominating me for an award I thank you from the bottom and top of my heart and the list of these wonderful bloggers can be found HERE.

So go along and see if your name is there first of all… And so if your name is within the List  you are amongst the first to receive my New Award.  So Congratulations! to you.

Now this award differs in that This is Your award to give to whom ever you wish within my guidelines.. So even if you were not on this list and you know of a deserving blog, Go and tell them they have been awarded the Dreamwalker’s Drumbeat Award Linking them back to the Award Page..

From time to time over this coming New Year I will be awarding more deserving bloggers with this award also..  I dislike rules that often come along with Awards , so My rules for passing along this award to others are simple..

Rules

“Within their posts whether it be through Poem or Word

Caring for others is a must for this Award

Be it through laughter or Humour

Photograph or Story

Love and Compassion

Are

Mandatory

Those who receive the award must Link back to Deamwalker’s Sanctuary on My New Drum Beat Award Page to say you have received it So I can go congratulate them”

https://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/awards-hearts-as-one-drumbeat-award/

 This is Your award to pass along to bloggers who are sharing posts which are helping show our empathy, Love and Kindness, or who Highlight injustice who beat their own Drum to bring awareness to the world 

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I hope as you pass along this award to others you will share it’s Beat to remind us that we are All of One Beat… One Heart, in our Hope for Peace and Unity.  We are all of us connected via our hearts to the Heart of our Earth Mother.

We are all of us her children..

All Brothers  and Sisters   

We are One

Congratulations Let the Beats Begin.. 

As from 2015… Dreamwalker’s is to become an Award Free Zone

Love and Blessings

~Sue~

 

 

 

 

Anniversaries and Awards

Happy Anniversary!

Earth Angels ~ Angel Award

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First my thanks go to Eric over at The Hunt for Truth blog.. for this lovely award which was created Here by Don Charisma adapted from Angie’s Kentucky Angel’s Train Wrecks ,

So My Angels are as follows, In no particular order, I have chosen these as my Angels as they spread Light Love and Inspiration.. And if you are not mentioned here, then please do not be offended, But I chose to honour 12.. There are many more of you out there inspiring and sharing love.. and you all know who you are without a gift from me.. 

There were no rules that I could see with this award. Just pass it along to another deserving Earth Angel.. So here are my Angels as Follows :-   

Line,  for her beautiful sharing of her own Angels, Poems, and stories over at The Inscrutable Paths of Spirit  ..Line you will discover has a beautiful soul who connects with both Nature and the elementals and animal kingdom.

 Linda at Litebeings Chronicles who is an amazing Astrologer and posts on such interesting topics such as dreams, and how we connect via the Stars I can vouch for her wonderful gift as an amazing Astrologer..

Sindy over at Bluebutterfliesandme for sharing her insights and experiences with Angels, may your Wings continue to soar..

Joss  who is far from the Crowing Crone for sharing her wonderful journey. Not only the one she is on now in Europe, but her remarkable journey through Life… May you always walk in beauty Joss as you share your heart with us..

Gina, whose Professions for PEACE  bring insights and love as Gina shares quotes and inspiration which touches our hearts.

Amy over at Petals Unfolding has a unique way of combining her love of Nature and Mankind as Amy share her energy with us all. She takes beautiful Macro photo’s and adds her twist of wisdom in between, Delightful.

Glorialana’s Blog  whose  posts are always unique and full of prayer and a delight to read.Be enthralled with her Dear God Prayers..

Aquileana at La Audacia de Aquiles site.. I have been fascinated in reading about Greek Mythology.. a subject never taught in my school  that I attended.. You must go and see for yourself how intelligent this young lady is..

Marina  at Marina Kanavaki art towards a happy day.. Marina is not only a talented artist but also a beautiful musician and singer… Whose energy and compassion shows in all her work..

Shamanictracking is truly that.. a lady whose journey is about Freedom and learning how to set ones mind free and who works with energy to aid others along their journey. 

Jen at Rumpydog – Rumpy is an Alaskan Malamute Dog, and lives with his owner Jen..  Jen is in the rescue business and is a real Angel to all four legged and fights for animal welfare..

Mar from The Desk of MarDrag ..  This lady whom I call Mar, gives us Thoughts for the Day and wonderful advice from her compassionate Heart..  Not only does she do this via her blog, but in her day job she assists others over their challenges..

Crystal Angel

Crystal Angel Art By Sue Dreamwalker

For those whom I have not given an award to here… Be sure you are all worthy Angels.. .. Keep Flying with WordPress!

Love and Blessings

~Sue~

Wonderful Team Membership Award

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My thanks here go to Two Bloggers.. Kim over at Chronic Conditions and Life’s Lessons.. Kim is a wonderful lady who like me was the eldest born of 5 children. Kim has had to cope with some amazing things in her life and you can find out more about this remarkable lady HERE   I invite you to get to know Kim and her blog  ..  So thank you Kim for this lovely award.. I appreciate you thinking of me.. 

The Second Award with the same title was given me my Amy over at Petals Unfolding.. Amy is a beautiful soul who seems to have time for everyone.. and her story too is a remarkable one.. Amy spreads her love through her poems and photo’s of her remarkable garden flowers and Nature. Its more than that though, You have to go read her words, and be uplifted and inspired… Many thanks Amy… Much love for this award..

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The rules for accepting this award are as follows:

  1. The nominee shall display the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award logo on his/her blog.
  2. The nominee shall nominate 14 bloggers s/he admires, over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.  Please find the nominees below

(Most of these awards come with rules. this is the bit which often puts me off. As If I have to pick 14 then I have to leave out many of my readership.. And because not everyone comments upon my posts.. How do I know who reads and who doesn’t? Winking smile 

 So.. I alter the rules of this award to as follows..)

3, If you read this  post and you leave a comment upon this particular post, then you are a Team member… for you have taken time out to leave me your vibration in the form of your comment… So Please feel free to take this award.. Display it, and if you pass on then please link back to this post this is my only rule..

Thank you Kim and Amy… with much love to you both..

Now I have 11 more Awards that need sorting! .. Smile Wish me luck!.. They will be coming shortly…

 

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