Posted by: mytriptohaiti | September 20, 2011

Seeing again, for the first time

My mile-and-a-half walk home from work tonight was like most others. Through downtown, buildings looking over me, and me, back up at them. I look up when I walk. And I see something new nearly every evening, even along the same route.

Crossing paths with businessmen, women in running shoes, children wearing school uniforms, and a few folks without a home.

Tonight’s sky, a deep royal blue, which faded into black once past the lighted walkway of a yellow bridge, called with open air, quiet luxury. My eyes glued upward I didn’t notice the first call from the girl walking toward me, ‘Excuse me, miss. Excuse me, miss. Do you have any change?’ I rarely carry money. ‘I have half a sandwich if you’re hungry.’ Before I finish the statement, she reaches her hand out for the bag and thanks me several times.

We tell children that one person can make a difference. In that moment, I hope I made a difference in the life of this one person.

Having no real idea of what I may encounter upon arrival in Haiti tomorrow, my goal is to try to make a difference in the life of just one person. I think most efforts, international or otherwise, think big, large-scale, helping everyone. Admirable as that may be, sometimes, it’s just not possible, at least, not possible immediately, in that moment. I know it is possible though – but it starts with one. And I’ll hold my index finger when I deplane and hope that I am one, in that moment.

And just as I finish this post, into my inbox comes my daily affirmation for tomorrow:

Full Meaning Known

Wednesday September 21, 2011  

Nothing can be understood while it is being made. Only after it is completed can its full meaning be known.

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Responses

  1. You will not help everyone. You will not help one person. You will touch the lives of many people; I know it.

    Be safe, be well—your love of humanity will be apparent to anyone who meets you.

  2. Gosh, how proud of you I am, my friend. Keep safe, do ‘good’, and learn much. Then bring it all back home to us. Will keep watching for your posts. (((hugs))) and prayers.


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