Speaking of the future, the Parkroyal Collection of Singapore is straight out of a (very optomistic) future cityscape. It's a five star hotel with some really neat architectural designs which incorporate nature on every level of the building. No matter where you go, you are sure to bump into an out doors garden, a terrace covered by greenery. Except for the enormous glass bricks on top, the building's lines are made to imitate the flow of natural growth.
I’m almost nervous to say it, but I’m the happiest I’ve been in awhile—can I admit that?
In Iraq, our team shared a value: ‘Press Into Pain.’ It was life-changing, and it’s still a core value for me because there’s no transformation without it. Nobody does anything great apart from pain and discomfort. Nobody. Ever.
BUT…it’s wrong to Press Into Pain if you aren’t also learning to Process Pain. They must go hand in hand, and I just didn’t understand that. By the end of our time in Iraq, I was a mess. All that pain had wound its way through my nervous system, into my veins, my head and heart, and it was ruining me.
There were canaries in the coal mine singing their warning, but I ignored them—until one day I couldn’t. Asking for help was scary. I made up reasons to avoid therapy, but really I was just afraid.
Afraid because I knew Pain had become a core motivation for me. Who am I without all these shiny trophies, emblems of a decade of sacrifice? If it doesn’t hurt, did it even matter?
I gathered stories assuming they could never really bring me down, but they did.
I tried masking it in some heroic journey, but I knew.
For awhile, I wanted to be dead. I wasn’t making a plan or anything, but I had pressed into Pain and Pain had pressed me back, into a corner, and I couldn’t see a way out.
Therapy was huge. God’s unexpected graces were everything, and somehow I was always surprised by healing. These are some of those moments. Healing happened when…
. @patrickdodd hugged. @justinnpi brewed. @lori.willingham called. @jamietworkowski visited. @rickynorris (pictured) encouraged. @benjihorning preached. @erin_wilson_studios swiveled. @jenjilove sang. @ihsanibraheem filmed. @thejohnhall surfed. @sparksandmatches challenged. @d.scott.willingham counseled. @peterdewit_ shared. @bethinsd prayed. @dianaoestreich inspired. @ebrown_photo wept. @hiwaphotography drove. @halleproject befriended. @grace_sandra_ stood tall. @benirwingr wrote. @grantwillingham spoke.
when @caylaelisew loved, loved, loved.
I couldn’t fit all of you here, but I’ll share more below. These are my moments, and they’re yours. I’ll never doubt that healing is possible again. Thank you.
Fireworks might be signature events of summer in Japan, but winter is actually a great season to enjoy fireworks as the air and sky is much clearer and the visibility is better. 🤩
Kawaguchiko Winter Fireworks (河口湖 冬花火) is a spectacular fireworks festival held 12 times in total on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-January to mid-February. When the wind is calm, you can view the reflection of the fireworks and Mt. Fuji on the surface of Lake Kawaguchiko.
This year, the fireworks event is being held from January 18th to February 23th, but only on Saturdays and Sundays. The fireworks usually lasts for 20 minutes from 8 PM - 8:20 PM. In case of stormy weather, the event may be cancelled.