Sunday, March 3, 2019
It’s easy and most comfortable to live in our bubble and refuse to acknowledge the way others live. Yet it’s when we get outside our comfort zone that amazing things can happen - within ourselves and for others. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been 10 months since I first stood on Tanzanian soil. I came home from my month in Tanzania and didn’t allow myself to waste any food, but just yesterday my mom looked in the trash after I finished cutting up bell peppers and said wow you threw away so much good pepper. I was lazy and didn’t use all of it that I could have. I came home and took a quick lukewarm shower instead of standing in the hot water for 20 minutes, but just today I put the shower as hot as I possibly could and just stood there since I’m congested and the steam would feel good. I came home and swore I’d never spend money on getting my nails done again when that $50 could provide school uniforms for 10 children at Boma Primary School, but I still get my nails done before big events. So why is it that it’s so easy to fall right back into our old ways? Even after a month that truly opened my eyes to the way others live. Why is that days can pass before I even remember to be thankful for the ease of the life I have? I recently went through my pictures from Tanzania and felt insanely overwhelmed - overwhelmed with gratitude for the experience, overwhelmed with a feeling of love for my friends who live on the other side of the world, overwhelmed with missing a place that is so dear to my heart. I am trying to be more intentional with my actions. I don’t know where this post is going, and I don’t know if anyone will even see this - but I hope we can all remember to have a more grateful heart.