Looking Beyond

I’m going to eat my own cooking, by responding to the “Beyond” Creative Challenge I set up for Women’s Opportunity/Opportunity International!

So, what does “Beyond” mean to me?

Earlier this year I went on a “date” to the ever charming Fairfield Boathouse with our eldest son, then aged five.

We had a lovely time. We laughed, we ate scones, drank tea and hot chocolate then went for a wander to explore and feed the ducks. On the way back to the car I noticed the Icecream Flowers!!

“I don’t see an icecream” you say. So did he. It’s a family secret, you see. Looks like a regular flower and you could quite easily walk right past it and think that’s all there is to it. But once you carefully unravel the petals you will find a precious teeny tiny icecream cone

That’s a five year old’s hand, so you can imagine how tiny it is. Right inside the fower is a perfectly formed little yellow cone and fluffy white scoop on top. As a child I thought it was absolutely magical and wondered how a flower could turn into an icecream, just like that.

See, to me thinking “beyond” doesn’t have to be complicated and you don’t have to be super-smart. It’s a way of looking at things. I’m very grateful that my mother took the time to show us the wonderful things that can be seen when you apply a new and different way of looking at things, and by using your imagination.

Ultimately, when I think about what “beyond” really means – it’s about providing hope for each person.

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So what do you think of when you think of “Beyond”? If you would like to respond to the Beyond Creative Challenge (before December 21st):

1. Be creative.  You could share a story, an opinion, your experience, a motif, a poem, a picture, a short video, a call to action, or…you decide! The idea is to share something that represents a way to think “beyond” and make a difference in the world

3. Place a link on your response to the original post. You could also mention that this is all about raising awarneness and funds for a microfinance project in the Philippines.

4. Verify your entry by commenting on the original post. with a link to your response