Last Monday I had to take Fleur to our local Emergency Medical Clinic here in West Auckland. She had had an allergic reaction to eye medication. While I waited for her in the waiting room, I was once more amazed at how multi – cultural and diverse ethnicities are present in our 21st century New Zealand. In that waiting room I heard different languages spoken while people waited to see a medical practitioner. This was a reminder to me of our shared humanity as travellers together on this wonder – filled orb spinning within the infinity of space.
I often use that phrase ‘shared humanity and there in that waiting room I asked myself, what actually does that mean. One aspect of this phrase is that as human beings we share the natural resources of our planet. I readily admit there is not an equality of sharing, with some regions having a more bountiful supply of natural resources than others. I have read it somewhere, that in the future wars may well be fought, not over oil, but water.
No matter what our cultural and ethnic background, water is the essential requirement for life. I sense at times we here in Aotearoa /New Zealand take the availability of water for granted. We expect when we turn on the tap, water flows with a good quality and then we get very annoyed when for various reasons, it does not flow or the quality is poor.
For many millions in our world especially in Sub – Saharan Africa access to water is tenuous and fragile. One of the web pages I like to visit each day is www.bbc.co.uk A few days ago I discovered this amazing story. I quote the following from the web page:
Engineers and Geo- Scientists have newly discovered a water source in Namibia which could have a major impact on development in the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa.
For the people of northern Namibia water is something that they either have too much of or too little. The 800,000 people who live in the area depend for their drinking water on a 40-year-old canal that brings the scarce resource across the border from Angola.
Over the past decade the Namibian government have been trying to tackle the lack of a sustainable supply in partnership with researchers from Germany and other EU countries. They have now identified a new aquifer called Ohangwena II, which flows under the boundary between Angola and Namibia. On the Namibian side of the border it covers an area roughly 70 km by 40 km (43 miles by 25 miles).
According to project manager Martin Quinger, from the German federal institute for geosciences and natural resources (BGR) who explains: “The amount of stored water would equal the current supply of this area in northern Namibia for 400 years, which has about 40 percent of the nation’s population. What we are aiming at is a sustainable water supply so we only extract the amount of water that is being recharged. This region is dependent on two rivers for its water supply. But this has restricted agricultural development to areas close to these water sources. The new aquifer has great potential to change the nature of farming in the area. The discovery may be up to 10,000 years old but it is still good to drink. ”If the water [has spent] 10,000 years underground, it means it was recharged at a time when environmental pollution was not yet an issue, so on average it can be a lot better than water that infiltrates in cycles of months or years.”
For the rural water supply the water will be well suited for irrigation and stock watering, the possibilities that we open with this alternative resource are quite massive
If you are on line then you may wish to click the link below ( right click then left click on open hyperlink) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18875385
Imagine for the people of this region how their life will change because of this discovery and the subsequent drilling of wells and construction of the infrastructure that ensures the supply of water to people, animals and crops.
What is so incredible about this story is that the water is at least 10,000 years old and still good to drink. That to me is truly amazing and remarkable.
When I first read this story, I instantly knew I wanted to share it with you, not only because it is a good news story and heart warming, but, also because it offers opportunity for metaphors at all kinds of levels. I want to discipline myself to remain succinct with my reflections that I share with you.
No matter what our ethnic and cultural background, or our sexual orientation we each have our hopes fear and dreams. For who can tell what vibrates deep within the human soul, waiting its opportunity to become visible
That 10, 000 years old water, waiting to be discovered through the science of modern technology will now bless the lives of both humans and animals. There is something mysterious about this which reminds me of the hidden depths within the inner landscapes of the human soul.
It is my philosophy of life that deep within each person is a reservoir of hope and courage along with creativity.
Like the water in Namibia sometimes we never know it is there, then through our response to a personal situation or an event, we may discover resources we never knew we had and within these transformative moments we are changed forever.
You may be wondering how do I know what is within, sometimes, we sense we have certain strengths and abilities yet we are afraid to accept or explore that which is within, because we doubt our worth to have such creative gifts.
While other times, we are pleasantly surprised what arrives from within to refresh us with hope and courage as we are facing a difficulty or an uncertain situation.
We could well say that a sleeping giant slumbers within the human breast, and often we go through life feeling very inadequate about our inner resources, yet, there within like the water in Namibia there lays a rich resource waiting to flow into our lives to refresh and bless us, so we may bless another human traveller.
The awakening from sleep may happen at any time, in any place, sometimes without much shaking we wake up, smell the coffee, we come alive and know that life is to be lived and is not just an existence. We are then awake to live and enjoy life.
I leave you with these inspiring words:
Meanwhile Peace in letting your internal reservoir flow