Life often surprises us with moments of quiet revelation.
They demand our attention, even if only a shift in the way we view our corner of the world.
Last October, I had an encounter in Germany that led to just such a moment.
Taking place 7,712 kilometres from home, that encounter altered my view of Barbados and its “hidden” promise within the global community of nations.
I was in Berlin as part of a small group of international experts supporting Middle Eastern interests as they met with world-class Research Centres to finalise working partnerships designed to position their country as a leader in innovation among member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
So it was I found myself at a reception selecting delicious finger foods while conversation swirled around me. After careful observation, I picked a likely table of guests and chose an open seat. By happy coincidence, I ended up next to a distinguished geologist who seemed thrilled to learn of my Barbados connection.
The island, he said, is a fascinating study in the science of earth’s origin, history, and physical structure.
How so? I asked.
He had arrested my attention.
He explained that Barbados sits above two of the earth’s tectonic plates. He offered to draw a picture. The only available surface was a white appetiser napkin I asked him to sign after he illustrated his point.
I still have the napkin.
It shows the island we call Barbados positioned over two tectonic plates in such a way that as they shift over time, sediment builds and lifts the landmass higher.
What an amazing notion! … from a mystical perspective.
No matter the earth’s upheavals, Barbados is geologically positioned, physically engineered, to rise.
And if you believe, as I do, in the interconnectedness of all things, then as Barbados rises, so too the Caribbean region.
So I give you Barbados Rising … the theme of my new blog.
In Part II of this entry, I’ll share the blog’s rationale and the style it aims to capture.