Happy New Year!
As is customary at this time of year, when old meets new, we review the past and foresee the future. From celebrations of life and death; hopes up, then down; opportunities to share our message; and excellent educational experiences, 2018 has been bountifully blessed, and 2019 looks to be even moreso. Yet here we sit, near the end of December, with one nagging question still unanswered. We’ll discuss it in December (see below).
Looking Back - A year in review
January – Dad Lyle’s 80th birthday celebration. Holidays with friends and family in Johannesburg, the Drakensberg and Durban.
February – Cameron’s Bio-Veda trainig in Johannesberg. Here’s a link to a new video testimony of the course, and what one student, Paul Richardson, of Haven Earth, has gone on to do since. Our time will come.
March – Signed new director to The Omni Foundation, Bryan Brett, a former colleague of Cameron’s. Visited our first property interest, were quickly smitten and began the process of inquiry and investigation.
April – Visit from the Odendaals. Showing them the property. Hiring an evaluator. Writing a preliminary investment proposal and having our attorney draw up a mock contract.
May – Dylan’s 11th birthday. A visit to Kruger National Park. Receiving the property evaluation, which led us to back away from our pursuit of the Lydenburg farm.
June – Dad Lyle’s fall and broken hip. Cameron’s birthday. Publishing the digital version of Cameron’s book, “101 Signposts to Recovery.” Click here for a free downloadable PDF copy. A trip to Durban with a week-long stay in Umhlanga- Durban
July – Leah’s birthday. Singing at the Free Form Festival. A visit from the Odendaals. And publishing the digital version of “On Point Polly.” Great news! “Polly” is now available in print format from Amazon! Click here to purchase your copy. All proceeds go to The Omni Foundation.
August – Dad’s crossing over. A third trip to Durban for Lyle’s memorial service. Back to school. Began reading “The Ringing Cedars of Russia” series, which has significantly influenced our vision.
September – Mom’s 70th birthday. Singing at the Nourish Eco Village festival.
October – Eden’s 10th birthday. Visit to Sudwala Caves and Butterfly Effect Gardens. Finishing the reading of “The Ringing Cedars” series. New friends—the Smyth family.
November – A queit month of learnng through the readings of “Wisdom of Communities,” a collection of articles that advise, warn, encourage and inspire us toward our vision. What we envision is nothing new, so we are learning what we can from those who have gone before, to help ensure our success. One of these articles saved us from a potential property nightmare, and nailed the coffin shut on the Lydenburg land prospect. And the last day of November marked the end of school.
December – Merry Christmas! We have lots more time to learn through readings and downloaded videos on everything eco-village, permaculture, alternative education, craft-making and much more. Finished the first volume of “Wisdom of Communities.” This picture is of our participation in community clean-up day with the Graskop Conservancy.
As I mentioned above, we’ve been seriously wrestling with the question of where we’re meant to plant our roots. If not here, then where? I hear the Spirit say, “where do YOU want to be?” But it's difficult to know, for sure. One thing we do know is that we don’t want to wander anymore; we want a place to call Home. Another thing we know is that it will happen naturally and organically, and we don't need to stress about it. All is as it should be.
The new year is awaiting us! Here are some things we foresee:
A holiday in the Drakensberg.
Hosting open mic at Canimambo, and possibly other local venues.
Publishing a new book.
Recording a CD? We believe it can and should happen in 2019, and we’re willing to put the needed time, money and energy into this project.
We need to extend our visas.
Rent a bigger place so the kids can have their own rooms, and we can have a place to garden and create.
More saving, investing and earning.
A trip to the States? We’ll see how the year unfolds.
As uBuntu Keepers, we’ve been asked to prepare a short video of “Our uBuntu Story.” This is our go at it.
Our lessons learned have been well earned. We look back on 2018 with Love, Gratitude, and a smile, and we enter the new year with readiness and self-confidence to step up to a new level.
When it comes down to it—down to that point of deciding which way to go—the best guidance comes from the heart. At least that’s been our experience. What is our heart saying? I think we know.
And that's what's up with Omni
Would you like to join our family? There are many ways that will be available to participate in this vision, whether living in community, volunteering, donating, investing, or purchasing our books. Think about it, pray about it, meditate on it. Listen to the leading of your heart.
Infinite Blessings to All!
Cameron and Leah Kirrane
The Omni Foundation
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