Hong Kong Rising

I’ve never been to Asia before.

I write this from the vantage of the executive lounge in an airport hotel in Hong Kong. Just outside the window, which overlooks one of 126 bays around this city, one wide-bodied airplane after another glides past the window, seconds away from touching down onto a runway that parallels the edge of the bay peppered with shipping boats, barges and ferries. Hailing from Calgary, where the majority of these wide-bodied airplanes are much too large to be accommodated by the landing strips there, I am forced to contemplate the vastness of this international airport—an engineering miracle, and the large volumes of people that continually move about the planet every single day.

Inside the scope of our careers and job commitments, we often become near sighted. As I work to grow my list of clients and focus intently on their document requirements, I often lose sight of the happenings around me as I strive to place my energies into achieving the best results possible. Sometimes that means missing out on a key news event that affects a broad population, or missing a rainstorm, a sporting event, or indicators the dog needs to be let out. Whatever the case, I’m missing out on the big picture.

When I take the time to open my eyes, my mind soon follows. Looking out the window of this lounge, I see so many boats in the bay: barges, ferries, tugs, freighters and fishing boats …all with a purpose, their quests all so foreign to me. As I contemplate the purpose of their singular voyages, a giant airplane slices through the frame of my vision, reminding me there are countless layers of movement absolutely everywhere.

Most of us take much pride in our professions; we strive to meet our goals, provide top-notch service and excel to be an expert in our field. At the end of the day, we feel rewarded by these efforts and anticipate further accomplishment tomorrow. What I fear is lost in these moments, however, are opportunities to expand our selves, our vision and the means to grow to our full capacities. Near sightedness deprives our acumen and starves an adventurous soul. Small portions may be advisable, especially for the new adventurer like me, but the taste of fresh flavours and a slow expansion of the mind are invigorating and frankly somewhat addictive.

Wishing you adventure and expansion,