I love giraffes! They’re such intelligent, gracious and elegant creatures. Plus, with their long necks, they never lose track of what’s important.
The day BEFORE starting my Turkey adventure in July 2012, I went to see the giraffes at the “Tierpark”, the local East Berlin zoo. I prefer this one to the more famous “Zoo” in the West since the animals have much more space and freedom and live in a kind of park area instead of being locked in small cages. It was a bright summer day and the giraffes were shining in the sun. There were about six or seven of them, including two relatively young ones. I couldn’t take my eyes off them. Such beautiful animals!
So now guess what I did the day AFTER returning from my Turkey experience? I went to see how my favourite giraffes in town were doing. To my surprise, the whole lot looked exactly the same! Six or seven of them, two young ones among them. I hadn’t expected to find them how I had left them. Of course, the former ones had grown and new ones had been born. Also some of them must have died, otherwise the maths wouldn’t work. But the big picture still seemed to be the same, except for the cloudy March weather.
Visiting the giraffes brought me back to the spot I took off from almost two years ago. Like the giraffes, parts of me have passed away in the mean time, others have been born. I may look the same at first glance but if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that my pattern has changed. Changed for the better, I’d say. It’s now richer in experiences and full of new insights. If touched by the sun, it may even shine.
Returning to see the giraffes was like closing a circle and opening a new chapter of my life. I like the idea of things falling perfectly into place.
What’s YOUR way of closing circles? Let me know in the comment section.