Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Corner Brook to Little Port with Lunch Along the Way

Well, those who set the agenda for GC42 called this a Sabbath Day.  Folk worked in the morning and various tours and events were schedule for some rest and relaxation for Commissioners.  As a visitor I was unable to take part in the scheduled tours or events so I made my own... but first, I sat through a morning of word-smithing a proposal that had been presented to the Court by a Sessional Committee... and I was left feeling somewhat frustrated.

The process as I understand it is as follows:

GC41 asked for a Comprehensive Review
> GC Executive stuck a Comprehensive Review Task Group (CRTG)
>>  CRTG spent two years listening and discerning and offered a report to GC42
>>> GC42 gave the report of the CRTG to a Sessional Committee
>>>> The Sessional Committee spent countless hours reviewing the report of the CRTG and brought forth a report with recommendations (A Proposal) on the Report
>>>>> GC42 is now considering  the Proposal as drafted by the Sessional Committee but there is not yet a motion on the floor...

Perhaps you can understand why, when the opportunity presented itself, that going for a ride on a twisty road was much more appealing - even if the max speed limit for the whole run was 60KM... I would still be further ahead... as stated by a colleague: its going to take a lot of work to make the Comprehensive Review and the process used to arrive at the end product comprehensible to the folk back home...

So off I went...


Looking up the coast at the
turn off to Curling Road

Lighthouse at
York Harbour

Boats at
York Harbour

The road unfolds
before me


View from Blow Me Down
Provincial Park
I stopped for long lunch at Lark Harbour... not long by my choice!  The restaurant was small and busy and I think they were understaffed... be that as it may I amused myself by deleting some items on my phone - it was all I could do as there was no cell service...  It was an interesting exercise as I was taken back to almost the same date in 2013 when I was using my phone to make notes at a Courage to Lead event with Parker Palmer.

Potential for the future always overcomes the pain of the past!

Don't blame or shame yourself for something you did not know.

Mantra
Create beauty
Give love
Find peace

It was an emotional moment to realize that I'd written those words two years ago and to know that I've begun to make some very significant changes in the my life.  And, that these changes have contributed to my finding peace, giving love and creating more beauty in the form of reflections, poems and photographs.

View from the deck of
Captain Cook's Galley
My lunch finally arrived.  Pan fried scallops, fries, gravy and dressing.  It was good but I was underwhelmed with scallops.  They were small, not very plentiful and slightly overcooked... alas, they were fresh and tasted good - and I wasn't sending it back as I wanted to return to Corner Brook before dark!!

With lunch consumed and the bill paid I continued on to Little Port in the rain, hoping that it would not turn into a downpour as I really didn't want to go to the trouble of putting on my rain gear.




As I headed east toward Corner Brook the rain became a little heavier... I didn't stop until I got to Tim Horton's where I warmed up with a coffee and a conversation with Peter Short and Nora Saunders about riding and exploring and the life and times of GC42... reminding myself that I was a visitor... and holding close to my heart Peter's words from last night: "The good spiritual path always begins with respect..."

Unfortunately my respect was in short supply as I learned of a challenge being faced by a friend back home... some people can be so hurtful...  and there is nothing that can be done... except show up, bring your best self, and do the right thing... repeating as necessary...

... on the Sabbath Road...

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