Saturday, July 23, 2011

A "Pair-a-ducks"

In our new staff orientation (in preparation for going overseas), one of our favorite speakers, Jerry Jones, gave us each a “Yay Duck” and a “Yuck Duck”.  Yay Duck represents the good things; Yuck Duck represents the bad.  Together they make a “pair-a-ducks” (paradox).  When living overseas, you cannot have the one without the other.  It is important to maintain a balance of both.  To keep myself balanced and positive, I've been keeping the two fellows close to me -- in fact, they're excited to be traveling carry-on to China.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"