People say that I should stop thinking so much. I respond that they should just ask me to stop breathing. It’s what I do. I was blessed to be able to do a lot of thinking in Ghana. In the beginning, middle and end of the hard work, it is customary to have a meeting and discuss what is happening (again I am reminded of American culture). I would usually take that time to snap photos or to just observe what was taking place. I did a lot of thinking, feeling, and absorbing in those moments. Currently I am currently sitting in the London airport getting reacquainted with my western life. I’d be lying if I said I looked upon the bright lights, shops, hot cappuccino, clean floors, etc in disgust. I may still have dirt under my fingernails but I haven’t forgotten how to hold a glass of prosecco! (I am worried about the upcoming Christmas season of excess, but hey, I’m always dreading that, so what really is new there?) However, I just opened up my computer to catch a glimpse of the last photos I took and tears sprang to my eyes. The connection to the people I met this week will be forever with me. I feel very protective of them.
I had so much fun this week THINKING. I was in constant awe. I compared, I contrasted, I problem solved, I gave up on problem-solving, I contemplated, I pondered. It is the part that will prompt growth in myself for the future. It will be the part that will propel future choices, will shape how I look at the world. But, it’s the connection, the emotion, that I felt with the country and the people that will fuel that change. I can enjoy all that our country has to offer, but I no longer just think of myself as I do so. I have faces, smiles, and curious eyes in my memory that I take along with me. I say that WATERisLIFE works on providing the basic needs to people around the world and when you meet those people, the connection will be felt to them at a basic level as well. No words needed, no thinking needed, just heart. Save your brain cells though, the thinking will come later when you are trying to make their world a little better or when you are trying to hold on to what they showed you about the basics of life.
Blessings to you all!