Hey everybody! Well I guess I better start adding stuff to my blog or I will be backed up. I left the United States on Tuesday March 22nd at about 7:52 p.m. I am not going to lie this was going to be one of the biggest steps in my life. I am going to a completely different country with absolutely not one person that I knew or had met before. Ray Lewis said a quote in a sermon a few months back while he was at the Potter’s House teaching and it touched me. He said, “In order for greatness to truly be achieved, your comfort zone must truly be disturbed.” The power that resonates in that sentence is undeniable to me and represents so many things I was going through. Flying to Australia was pulling me out of my comfort zone, it had to be disturbed.
Now I’ve landed in Australia and had a few days to shake some of the Jetlag off and begin to get into the training. I’ve had a couple of days to get into playbooks and meet with some of the other coaches about our game plan going forward as business is business no matter where in the world you are. Finally after so many things get set in place you have a chance to look around and see Australia. I haven’t had a chance to go around and tour the city of Melbourne yet but from what I’ve seen from the Suburbs of Melbourne, it’s one of the most beautiful places to me. There are some things that are so not American and it is so not a problem.
A lot of their suburbs take pride in their recycled water and solar power. Their ability to preserve things and not be wasteful of natural resources is admirable on so many levels. I thought solar power was something people struggled to get but almost every home here has one or two solar panels on their roof and its very energy efficient. I’ve also noticed that many homes have black colored clay roofs to help keep homes cool in the summer time. The clay acts as an insulator.
One of the things I was told was the toilet water flushing in the other direction compared to America’s clockwise flow. Well I haven’t see any of those yet because it uses less water to have a camole style flush pushing water against each walls like a shower for the toilet. It in a sense cleans itself most times. I will say for sure that driving on the left side of the road is something new. Many of the cars move like the game Grand Theft Auto and the steering wheel and driver side is on the right side of the car.
One of the things that I noticed initially was the food. I’ve had a chance to try so many different genres and styles of food over the past few days and I can say…it sucks. I now realize how bad and unhealthy 87% of American food tastes. I’ve had steak and eggs and you could taste how rich and preservative free they were without hesitation. I’ve had McDonald’s (they call it Maccas) and you could taste REAL chicken and real potatoes. It was scary how McDonald's tasted like a home cooked meal almost.
It’s still a lot of growth happening here although it’s been only a few days. I admire how much dedication my friends and family as given into this trip. All of the donations have covered everything they needed to cover during my stay here. I’ve had the opportunity to see so many artist at work on this journey as well and I look forward to my studies next month as well.
Until next time America.