It is my hopes to continue to build upon what was created last year into the new year. I have a vision of where “Life in Russia” will go this year. It is my dream for you to join me on this journey of discovery, into the mysteries of Russia. Where it was once full of mysticism and misunderstanding that here at “Life in Russia” we can help dis-spell some of the fears that it can hold.
Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
I’ve come to realize that building a bridge is not the work of only a single person but of many. It is my wish to find those who would be willing to contribute their own views of the many realities of Russia, that those who contribute might stretch from shore to shore no matter where they may be, it would be a joy to have you be a part of “Life in Russia”.
I am seeking for the bridge which leans from the visible to the invisible through reality.
3. The Portal
It is my hope that this blog can become a portal of sorts, a place where people from different cultures can meet up and discover just how much they are alike to one another, a place where thoughts can be expressed freely about the world around us. Share our insights, stories, and journeys on this wonderfully beautiful blue marble of ours. That it can be a place of joining hearts, minds, and souls bridging the unknown to the known through communication.
A portal is a transitionary device of sight or sound that functions as a sort of third gravitating body between the this and the that, pulling us toward itself, allowing us to bridge into the unknown from the known.
Roy H. Williams
One of the things that is the toughest to do when leaving ones home country is knowing and understanding the process and what it takes to make the transition. Over this next year “Life in Russia” will explore this with the help of its contributors. So no matter where you land you will have someone here at “Life in Russia” to guide you through the process.
Ancients knew that you need guidance, patronage and protection as you move from one place or state to another, whenever you cross a bridge. You had better know what you are doing when you leave one group or place to join another.
5. Good Conversation
Something I’m seeing no matter why someone comes to visit “Life in Russia” is the desire for connection. Not only will we continue to produce good posts, but allow for good conversation. The idea is to create a forum to where those who are interested can join and converse with others across the world. You never know what might happen.
I learned that a long walk and calm conversation are an incredible combination if you want to build a bridge.
This is something that is extremely important, we all have our thoughts, opinions, and ideas. None of us have the complete picture, but together we see much more than alone. It’s through this recognition that I’m extending again the invitation to come and contribute to “Life in Russia” in the hope that we can all begin to bridge the gaps between ourselves. That there will be a lot less division and much more unity.
All my writing is about the recognition that there is no single reality. But the beauty of it is that you nevertheless go on, walking towards utopia, which may not exist, on a bridge which might end before you reach the other side.
7. Don’t look back!
I know from personal experience that looking back can be dangerous. Whenever we make important decisions in our lives, moving across the country, around the world, or even changing the way you think. Don’t look back! Don’t doubt what you have done, give it your all. It the best way to conquer fear.
“Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.”
8. The Rock
Only the greatest decision are made when they are made on “the rock”. It doesn’t matter what religion you follow but it does depend on your faith. Let it be on the rock.
But which is the stone that supports the bridge?
9. The Truth
In Russia the word is “Pravda” means truth but the deeper meaning is “A thirst for righteousness” this will be the ultimate result of all discourse which happens here at “Life in Russia”. It something I believe we all seek but rarely find. When the pearl is found it is closely guarded, to which all others things submit. What is this pearl? Love!
Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge.
10. Become a Bridge Builder
What higher calling is there then to be a bridge builder, or peace maker? I hope this blog is where friendships will be built, relationships strengthened, which can only come about by being transparent and authentic. It’s my commitment to always walk this way, peaceable with all.
Jesus said, ‘Greater things of these you shall do…’ Become a peace builder, a bridge builder, not a destroyer, and the way you do that is through friendships and relationships, and through authentic character.