Friday, January 11, 2013

Leaving Our Mark

  • Today I found myself planting trees alongside strangers --- strangers who quickly became friends. The people involved with this project have a work ethic and spirit that are nothing short of magnetic. Their passion for the children and their new home is contagious. The organization's leader has devoted her life to the work here, leaving behind her family in the U.K. to focus her efforts on making this home a beautiful sanctuary.
    I will never forget planting trees side by side, thinking of the generations to come. And to think, for only twenty US dollars, more than sixty trees will share and bear fruit for these children.
    I am in awe at how little goes an incredibly long way --- love, laughter, Anthony's animal noises, the flashes from our cameras --- and is absolutely treasured. The kids have welcomed us with open arms. Smiles of gratitude can be seen on faces all around.
    Our team was fortunate to practice yoga together on African soil, an experience that was truly magical. Core Power's Nicole Hyink led us through a series of poses, as we listened to the wind rush across the valley. She ended with the reminder of recognizing the best in ourselves so that we can do the same for others --- a perfect motto for our trip here. What a substantial difference we can make when bonded together, concentrating our focus to encourage others to reach higher and dream big.
    I can't wait to see what's next.

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