Images: fish drying in the sun
It’s funny how some people are. They say, “I’m bored” but they sit around the house all day and don’t look for something to do. They say, “I’m lonely” or “I don’t have any friends” but they don’t do anything to be around people who might become friends. They ask, “Where is God?” but they don’t put themselves around people and places where God’s presence is easy to experience, e.g., in nature, with peaceful and holy people, in sacred spaces.

“If you want something to dry, put it in the sun” means that if you want something to happen (fun activities, enjoying friends, spiritual growth), then you need to create the situation where it is possible for that to happen. You can’t leave fish in a bucket of water and expect them to dry!
     -The Godmother
Water and fish in Cambodia: Cambodia is a country of water. Rivers and lakes spread through the country like a tree's roots through the earth. Consequently, the jobs associated with fishing and the nutrition from fish (60% of Cambodians' protein is from the fish of the Tonle Sap River and Lake alone) are critical to the livelihood and lives of the people here. Both of these things are being challenged by largely foreign companies' and governments' thirst for dams and the hydropower dams generate. The agreements to use these resources, by force or by the stroke of a pen, are often either not fair or not legal or both. When it comes to Cambodians' needs, it doesn't take an analyst to know that keeping people healthy wins hands down over keeping on the lights, especially when most of those lights are not in Cambodia.
Did you miss a previous Godmother's Advice email? 
  • #001: Khmer boxing & solving problems
  • #002: Workers' commute & "making room"
  • #003: Bright balloons & dangerous attractions
  • #004: Bats and others' ways
  • #005: Playing in the mud
  • #006: Tattoos and bad habits
  • #007: Make-believe
  • #008: Dental and other care
  • #009: Boat races and collaboration
  • #010: Loads carried
  • #011: Nothing beyond repair
  • #012: Solid bricks
  • #013: Toilet left standing
  • #014: Flying a kite
  • #015: Everyone is held
Background about this email: Several years ago, I was feeling like an inadequate Godmother due to my absence in the US and, consequently, my absence in my Godsons' lives. I decided to send what little advice I have as someone who has been in the world for 30 years longer than they. Thus was born my Godmother's emails--a tidbit of advice each week. I decided to share these emails with friends and others because I feel that  folks need some good, helpful or happy things in their Inbox these days. I hope these are; otherwise, unsubscribe below.
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