What I’ve Learned

It’s hard, putting into words things that have passed through your heart. Things that have left you thinking and pondering and wondering, have left you joyful and smiling, have left you asking all kinds of questions, and sometimes, things that have left you just plain speechless.

Things that have connected with your emotions on a number of different levels.

But it’s worth a try:

  1. Poor people often have rich culture.

Family and relationships and food and traditions passed on from generation to generation.

  1. Modest clothing is quite pleasant to the eyes; yet long skirts don’t equal holy hearts.

And being religious doesn’t mean that you have faith.

  1. Decisions are made much quicker when choices are limited.

Two flavors of cheese, bread and drinks save you a lot of time (and money!)

  1. You’ve got to listen to understand before listening to reply.

You’ll do so much more for someone if you really listen. Understanding them is caring for them.

  1. Values lost in the West are abundant in the East.

Real values. Real meaning. Real relationships.

  1. Sometimes, helping others is so much easier than we make it out to be.

It’s just about finding out what they really need.

  1. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, not a fruit of your salary.

Contentment stems from your attitude, not your belongings or surroundings.

  1. Rest.

You can only give away as much as you receive from one another and God.

  1. Big need brings big gratitude.

And gratitude brings joy.

  1. If you want to be heard, speak simply.

There are enough resources out there with long, fancy words.

  1. True friendship has no nationality.

There is no race or color when the heart is understood.

Honestly, there’s so much more. So many people and conversations and experiences that have left an imprint somewhere inside. And I want them to stay with me, all these things to continue shaping me and teaching me to look further than what is visible.

And to be thankful for what I see.

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