and that’s a wrap!
El Salvador 2014 came to an end with a 15 hour travel day and a joyous reunion with our family.
It was a long day and I found myself mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted. I am sure that the unpacking (and I don’t mean our luggage : ) of the last week will take weeks and months to sort out what I saw, felt and did.
On the surface I am pleased with the week and my actions. Scott and I got along great and apparently we can build a home together in a developing country flawlessly but can not manage to build a piece of Ikea furniture without threats of a divorce. Oh well, I think the homes are needed much more than any piece of manufactured furniture!
The group we were with were fantastic. There were deep conversations about truth and the state of AID and what it means to helpfully give but there were also tons of laughter, a few practical jokes and relationships built on good old conversation and mutual experiences.
After spending a week with these 22 individuals I am feeling even more hopeful for humanity as this was a group that is focused on helping and giving but trying to do it in a way that is not damaging.
Our small building group was also great, we worked together quickly and with absolutly no drama. There was a focus on spending time with the community and working along side with them and that is the most important thing we can be doing.
there is not many pictures to share as the day was spent in planes and airports!
my name is dee-ann…
a continual work in progress. mom. wife. photographer. believer. dreamer. storyteller.
oh yeah, I also like chocolate and bacon (but not together).
my one little word for 2014 is “action”
it is actually two little words as I that's just the rebel I have become...
and remembering that...
learning is action.
reading is action.
action without thinking (and thinking about what you are drawing on to think about your thinking) is potentially dangerous.
inspiring others through your own wise action is helpful.
sometimes the wise action is not to physically act but rather take mental action first.
words are empty without corresponding wise action.
this year I am focusing on what it will take to ensure that my action is wise more times than not?
and further to question why does it matter?
Why does being concerned about wise action matter to me individually but also, to use last years word, when we zoom out collectively what are the consequences of unwise action?
you know, nothing to complex, just a little light thinking this year!