For the last week I have allowed myself to become a tourist again. There has been a shift from “work” to more “play” and I am glad for it. But all the “play” is against the sharp background of what was seen and experienced in Quang Tri Providence.
It has been difficult.
It has been difficult to find time to write down all that has been seen and experienced over the last few days. It has been difficult to capture the emotion that we feel moment to moment, jumping from tears of joy to tears of sorrow. It has been difficult to take this all in and then adequately bring justice to it in this post. To sum it up, it has been difficult to truly understand the power of people and what we have done to each other in the past and what we do now to come together in healing.
Today we truly entered Vietnam. After a day of the busy, jet-lagged, hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, we were all ready to get into the county to really see Vietnam. And we did. And it is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
We made it to the airport. And successfully checked in. And only left one thing at security (which since then has been retrieved). And now we are waiting for the plane to Seoul, our interim stop to Vietnam, and attentions are drawn to the anticipation of the journey and what we will see, do and experience.
So far, the best statement so far has been, “All your answers will be questioned”.
Photo credit: PeaceTrees VietNam
For me, “Community” is a critical part of the Sustainable Living formula; so much so that it is the fourth pillar in our Camp 4 our Sustainable Living approach (which, for those who are curious, all four pillars are Food, Water, Shelter, Community). We feel blessed everyday to live in a wonderful island community but it is easy to forget that not every part of the world is just like it is here so we are stretching our idea of community beyond “the local” to “the global”. And to widen this lens of community, I am thrilled to be traveling to Vietnam with PeaceTrees Vietnam.