In essentially every moment, I arrive in a foreign land. This is rooted by wandering through numerous countries, talking with fellow travelers, interacting with local people from dynamic backgrounds, eating food never imagined as humanly digestible, attempting to learn and communicate in local languages- often with embarrassment- witnessing magnificent landscapes... travel opens your eyes far wider than any National Geographic or Discovery Channel special ever can.
To extinguish stigmas is to learn empathy; such enlightenment is only gleaned through experience.
The progression of life seems to be growth, in a conventional sense. The more we experience, the more we understand ourselves--how diminutive we really are--and the world around us. This evolution naturally leads us to newer ideas, exposing personal strengths and weaknesses, for which, if our eyes and hearts remain diligently open, will bloom into an ecological understanding; a separation from the notion of I, me, mine, towards a sagacious emphasis on otherness trumping selfishness.
At this point, I understand few things:
I continue to utilize these Four Noble Truths to learn a new language, new cultural identities and way of life. My job is integrating into new communities to listen, to observe, to question, to prod understanding, and to be needed, though not necessary, to those I am assigned to serve.
Please take this journey with me because your support, in all its connotations, strengthens my capacity to engage in meaningful work. We- you, me and the communities we serve- will learn more about ourselves and each other through building theoretical, and possibly material, bridges to commonality; and opening doors to creative applications to enhance our lives, all the while demolishing barriers that stymie equality, understanding and growth.
Now is a wonderful moment to refocus our perspective from viewing the world through our own stories to experiencing the world through a common, unbiased focal point.
Each moment is an illusion of nonsense. As our consciousness shifts from this boondoggle to understanding the importance of every action, we begin to live meaningfully, signifying supremacy of each passing instant as a means to achieving future hopes opposed to expectations of the future dictating present attention.
To mediate compassion and kinship across cultures.
goals will be achieved through:
Integration into local communities
Entrenched trust of community members
Being a mediator of change
Understanding local customs to brainstorm appropriate, if needed, solutions
Working with partners to maximize impact
Inspiring you to act selflessly