We all did a writing exercise about what we gained from our experience here in Ethiopia, and what we will leave behind. The following are our anonymous responses.
- What I gained: Accepting that I don’t always want to be adventurous; sometimes I need to relax and be comfortable.
- What I will leave: Expectation of how I “should” be; the idea that another aspect is better than how I really am.
- Leaving in Ethiopia my ignorance of the poverty that I thought only existed on TV.
- Taking with me the understanding of what “being present” really means.
- Gained friendships and new ops frameworks.
- Leaving behind impatience and beautiful landscapes.
- Taking away: Many new friends, new experiences, and a greater appreciation for life.
- Leaving behind: Timidity within a group and not trusting my instincts.
- I am taking with me a much better understanding of real difficulty, hardship and poverty.
- I am leaving behind inflexibility, impatience and selfishness.
- I’m leaving behind my short fuse and tendency to make small things into a big deal.
- I’m taking an ability to be resilient and more humble.
- Taking with me:
Hope that people from different beliefs CAN get along and this world CAN BE a better place. Belief that poverty is NOT an impediment to generosity and hospitality.
- Leaving behind a body of work that may serve to save an unknown child’s life on some unknown day.