Tuesday, January 27, 2009

So What??

So you might ask--as many people have---what did you like the most about your African experience??

How does one answer that question--and better yet how do you answer it with words--amazing as they are-when they fail completely!

It pains me to even try to answer that question and so mostly I haven't.  Not to say that I don't want to talk about or share my experiences but they have been one on one, in quiet settings, with real questions and a true desire to hear my feelings. 

I will list a few of the things I learned while in Ghana:
  • my sister and her husband are amazing (nothing new)
  • you can be happy when you have so little
  • there is such a thing as being too
  • multitasking diminishes passion, shared experiences, and focus
  • knowledge can greatly increase patience
  • I can pee just about anywhere
  • some traditions never die
  • respecting elders is a lost art in the USA
  • I never knew how much I should appreciate paved roads
  • making even small efforts to learn another's culture and language goes a long way
  • the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is universally true
  • having an opportunity to catch even a glimpse of someone's passion, sweat, tears, hard work, and education, is life changing
  • some experiences can never be replicated or truly shared
  • that I can travel in extreme circumstances
  • truly I am eclectic when it comes to food of all kinds
  • some opportunities are priceless
There are so many more lessons learned but you get the idea. If you want to hear more don't hesitate to ask questions, drop me a comment, write me an email, or call me.

1 comment:

Mindy said...

Darling, I come every once in awhile to read about what you are doing. Amazing-is just one word I think of when I read about your life, thoughts, and adventures. I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your blog with me. I also wanted to say that the 'lesson learned' bullet 'multitasking diminishes passion, shared experiences, and focus' is very true and something I need to work on.

If you are interested email me and I will add you to my blog.