But riding elevators can also be disorienting - always wondering as the doors open - what floor am I on? So then I had another thought - with 100 Billion dollars I can do whatever would be best for the Centre.
Perhaps right next to the Centre, we need a soaring Space Needle - 1000 feet. It would be topped with an amazing two story revolving restaurant with an all-glass floor on the lower level and a floor-to-ceiling glass on the upper level allowing the people to see the prairie in all its glory.
To solve the problem of the non-descript elevators, the Space Needle could be designed to have four skywalks crossing over to the Centre giving the guests access to the specific quadrants by a custom designed walk way. It would make the entrance onto each floor a significant experience. Since the Centre is a very self-absorbed journey inward this could help with that and would give it some objectivity.
Oh yes - and there is also something very healing about the prairies. When I was going through my toughest time attending the court trials in our case - all of a sudden I needed a blank space to rest my eyes on. I even started painting white-on-white in desperation. There’s nothing as blank and as beautiful as the prairie sky with bits of clouds floating softly by. The traumatized mind can relax.
Winnipeg is also known for its short seasonal transition times. We go from snow white to leaves on the trees, from winter to summer, in one or two weeks which is perfect for the traumatized brain that find transitions tough.
As far as I understand, there is research that also shows that staring off into the distant space also helps with the creative process- our minds need to see a distant horizon. That's why studios often have large windows - and there is nothing further than a prairie horizon.
Of course at the very tip of the space needle - right next to the sky - would be this wonderful restaurant called "Taste and See"" that anyone who has attained a graduation certificate for having completed the Forgiveness Centre from top to bottom - would be able to access - free of charge - a gift -a reward for work well done.
For tourists it would be $1000 a plate of the most exquisite food..
Then as inspiration there would be a man-made beautifully designed lake nearby to attract the Canada Goose, Great Blue Herons, Eagles, Swans and Pelicans that would entertain the guests as they fly in the sky past the windows, images of soaring freedom.
And last but not least - there needs to be a spacious state-of-the-art parking lot - underground - so that people can come with their buses, their vehicles, their bikes - whatever they want, to come to the center - no one would be denied a truly beautiful forgiveness experience.
For the travelers who come to visit, there would be four-star hotel right down the road with a shuttle service - and next to that a strip mall complete with a drug store, convenience store and all the other little stores that we need.
There I think I have done it - it is designed.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.- Lewis B. Smedes