It was in a suburb of Ubud that I had the idea. It was a blue sky warm and humid day in Bali, and I had taken a cab to an suburb of Ubud to find Yayasson Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) and its founder Robin Lim. Mahala, a young German woman who was a midwife I had met staying at the same guest house was keen to meet Robin, who began her free birthing and prenatal clinic in 2003.
Although I felt like a tag along, I was keen to see this clinic as Robin Lim had been awarded CNN 2011 Hero of the Year.
As I was waiting for Mahala to locate the clinic I admired the gate next to which I was standing.
I mused that the entrance to this birthing centre looked mystical – all at once earth bound yet vaguely as if it may be a doorway to heavenly realms. Very much like the birth canal which is a doorway to earth from heaven…..
Oh boy, Bali did get me thinking deeply about the world and my seemingly very tiny contribution to it.