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A Year of Living Positively -Day 66

"Whatever the experience, whatever the obstacle, whatever the hindrance, it can be transformed. It does not have the first nor the final word of our life experience (and) cannot determine our destiny." -- Michael Bernard Beckwith

My friend S posted this quote on Facebook this afternoon. He and I have discussed the propensity for looking at the negative side of experience that many people seem to have, whatever the reason, and the need to develop positive attitudes and philosophies, independent of religion.

I just ate a nice meal of a half a boiled acorn squash stuffed with a boiled rice mixture, a local whitefish simmered in olive oil and served in its own broth, and a zucchini and cherry tomato salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. Earlier, I napped for around 30 or 40 minutes.

It's a dreary day. A cold heavy rain turned into freezing rain before noon, then a misty rain by noon.

Early this morning, we got word of a disaster involving some of the newly admitted first year students of our institution. The extra accumulation of wet snow on the roof of a resort in Gyeongju, a 45-minute drive from Busan, collapsed on hundreds of students and some staff. They were there for a specially arranged greeting and orientation for the first new cohort to attend our new campus. Many were seriously injured, and some trapped for a while. The death toll is nine.

Now a shadow of sadness has been cast over the initial feelings of relief and pleasure about the new work setting. I am sure there are many kinds of concerns and ramifications. For one thing, the government is due to tour the campus tomorrow to give it an inspection.

I have to go out with B in a little while. We want to go out together to mark her last day living in this building. We just contacted the administration about both of our housing situations, and they showed her a prospective place which she accepted, so she is being moved tomorrow morning. I, on the other hand, have heard nothing about my housing.

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