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How A Splendid Idea Really Happened...

I was cleanin' up my home page in Vancouver one night in early Sept. 2003, when Gail in Virginia, noticed a pattern emerging in the now orphaned blocks of text...



Gail wrote:

Good Mornin' ma brover...

It's been sittin right there in our face and we didn't even see it...til last night...

Daffy is gone...there is no logo on your lead page...which is fine....but...

They point to safe passage... they mark the way... they are the welcome reminders of man's responsibilities to his fellow travelers....

...you needn't feel alone when you see one as another has traveled this way...

wow...

sis



Murray wrote:

They do??

whatchootokkin'bout????????



Gail wrote:

He saz ..."whatchootokkin'bout???????? "

I'mtokkin'bout ......a logo on yo front webpage, bro!!!!!!!!

Do you see any similarity between the Parkinson's Resources on the WWW and the ancient Inukshuk?

INUKSHUK is an Inuit word meaning "image of manís spirit". These lifelike rock figures were erected by the Inuit across the tundra to serve as markers or guides for those that journeyed along the same route. They act as reminders to us of our dependence on one another and the importance of strong relationships.

Inukshuk are small piles of stones arranged in the likeness of a person. The Inuit originally built these manlike sculptures of rock along Canadaís northern shores as markers to lead their way, indicating safe passage. ....other's have come this way....

They recognize our ability to succeed with others, where we would fail alone. The Inukshuk serves as a reminder of the responsibility to invest our efforts today, towards building a better tomorrow.

Today, the Inukshuk has become an eternal symbol of the importance of teamwork, cooperation and shared vision.

The traditional meaning of an Inukshuk was to act as a compass or guide for a safe journey. The Inukshuk, like ancient trackers, helped guide people seeking their way through the wilderness."

Inukshuk, meaning, variously, "I was here," or "person keeping watch."

These large boulders or the Inukshuk are clearly necessary in a land with so few landmarks.........to point out the way...

"Erected to make the way easier and safer for those who follow, an Inukshuk represents safety and nourishment, trust and reassurance. The Inukshuk guided people across the frozen tundra and gave them hope in barren places to handle hardships they encountered. These primitive, stone images showed the way ahead... pointing you in the direction you wanted to go."

Inukshuks in themselves are the product of cooperation. The hands and efforts of an entire group were required to build these massive stone sculptures. They are the result of a consensus of purpose, of focused action by a group united in its goal and labour. The Inukshuk reminds us that as good as our individual efforts may be, together we can do even greater things.

Each individual stone in an inukshuk supports, and is supported by, the one above and the one below it. No one piece is any more or less important than another. Its' strength lies in its unity. Its' significance comes from its meaning as a whole.

Each individual, by themselves, is significant. As part of a team each of us supports, and is supported by, another. We are united by our common goals, and together we are part of a greater whole.

The Inukshuk are a symbol of the human spirit. They recognize our ability to succeed with others, where alone we would fail. Remind us of our need to belong to something greater than ourselves. Prompt us to reconnect with our individual responsibility to invest our efforts today so we may all have a better tomorrow. Ask us to heed the knowledge of our inner knowingness, hear the voice of our intuition and move to the harmonious music in our heart and spirit. Inukshuks convey the importance of personal contribution and reinforce our ability to commit to common goals. They implore us to share the fruits of our learning, our wisdom with one another.

The Inukshuk is a reminder for all of us that our efforts towards the common good of our earth community are appreciated. It is an enduring symbol that invites us to speak with one another on a higher level, from our hearts and spirit, about what really matters in life. It acknowledges and celebrates our working together as a team and a sincere desire for a safe journey for you throughout your life's travels.

The reason they were made was to communicate directions in the harsh and desolate place. They were a tool of survival, and are symbolic of the unselfish acts of a nomadic people, The Inuit who built them as signposts to make the way easier and safer for those who followed.

The hands of many and the efforts of an entire group were required to build these massive stone sculptures. They are the result of a consensus of purpose, of focused action by a group united in its goal and labour. The Inukshuk are the product of cooperation, teaching us that as good as our individual efforts may be, together we can do even greater things. Each stone is a separate entity. Each supports, and is supported by, the one above and the one below it. No one piece is any more or less important than another. Its strength lies in its unity. Its significance comes from its meaning as a whole. What is true about the Inukshuk is true about people. Each individual entity alone has significance. As part of a team each of us supports, and is supported by, another. We are united by our common goals, and together we are part of a greater whole. The stones which make up the Inukshuk are secured through balance. They are chosen for how well they fit together. Looking at the structure it can be easily seen that the removal of even one stone will destroy the integrity of the whole. So, too, with a team. Each individual in a team is necessary for the realization of the team's purpose. The removal of even one person will result in the weakening of the structure. What holds the team together is the balance - the complementary nature of the individual skills. The Inukshuk are a symbol of the human spirit. They recognize our ability to succeed with others, where we would fail alone. They remind us of our need to belong to something greater than ourselves. They reinforce our ability to commit to common goals. The Inukshuk celebrate our working together. They continue to remind us of our inter-dependent responsibilities to invest our efforts today, to direct a better way for all of us tomorrow. The difference we make today, counts in all our tomorrows.

The Meaningful Messenger Today, the Inukshuk are a tangible symbol of communication - a universal means of speaking about our concerns for one another, and our dependence on one another. Because of its history, the Inukshuk is an effective vehicle to acknowledge and convey enlightened management and human resource practices, the importance of personal contribution, responsible environmental leadership and an invitation to speak with one another on a higher level about what really matters.

Everyone needs to know they are making a difference...in their jobs, to their colleagues...to whatever tasks they devote their time, energy and enthusiasm. The Inukshuk act as a reminder to all of us that our efforts are appreciated, and the difference we make today, does count in all our tomorrows.

* DAT'S whateyestokkin'bout????????

Geetityet???????



Murray wrote:

Mornin' Gail,

I reworked my homepage this weekend...

Parkinson's Resources on the WWWeb


The intent was to convey the image of an Inukshuk.

Now I need a little feedback...

Does it look ok? Take too long to load????

Any comment... look it over please from top to bottom...

Thank you ..... murray



Gail wrote:



OHHHHHH HOW ABOSLUTELY CREATIVE !!!! THAT'S WONDERFUL

WHAT A NEAT IDEA TO MAKE THE WEB PAGE AN INUKSHUK !!!!!!!

THAT'S TOTALLY WILD.... !!!!! YOU GOOFY GUY !

BUT YOUR SITE *IS* AN INUKSHUK !!!!!! I LOVE IT !!

I THINK THE STORY OF THE INUKSHUK IS IN MANY WAYS THE STORY OF THE PD STRUGGLE.

" how's it look on a MAC??????"

BEAUTIFUL............ :-))

sis ....... really pleased


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