4 months ago I packed up my comfortable, promising, thriving life in Australia, stopped in Europe to then go and live in Peru to work for a local volunteer organisation. 4 months that has included working, volunteering, teaching, dancing, illness, stress, no sleep, a lot of sleep, love for new friendships, people leaving, guns, robberies, counselling, looking out for others, relying on god, finding peace with circumstances, appreciating life, accepting kindness, adapting to new culture, depressing clouds of lima, crying, smiling, slowly learning Spanish, many mishaps lost in translation, eating a lot of raw fish, eating way to much chicken and rice, surfing, running, football, coffee and endless amounts of prayer.
So I thought I would share todays entry in my journal;
WHAT HAVE I LEARNT WHILST WORKING IN PERU SO FAR…?
No matter what the circumstance, God is always here with us and has the ability to pull us through everything.
I have learnt the true meaning of understanding that you will not be asked to face anything you aren’t capable of tackling. That standing here today shows the strength within you and that we have always been equipped to take on past obstacles, today is no different.
I have learnt the meaning behind living without is living with more. In reference to environment and proximity to people and places.
I have learnt that not everyone has the same level of intention, and this is ok, but it does not mean that you have to bend your morals or ways to adapt to what is being modelled before you.
I have learnt that one of the most important things in life is nurturing relationships by being there for others and just how important it is that we listen as equally as we share; the significance of taking the time out for someone else, not just listening, but mentally stepping aside from whatever it is at hand to spend time truly caring has healing power in itself.
I have learnt that attitude changes perception altering life itself.
I have learnt that People aren’t stupid. That defending an obvious truth is pointless and people will make up their minds regardless. You can still acknowledge and be honest without slander.
I have learnt that there is a difference between altruistic giving and giving to gain; that altruistic giving leads to a greater gain in the long run anyway.
I have also learnt that no matter how hard we work, or bend over backwards it is not always recognised in ways we expect, however it is not unnoticed. That first and foremost satisfaction should come from within and in knowing God sees you.
And finally I have learnt that most of us are small and have a lot to learn; We can always learn more.
Being small has ways of delicately and perfectly leading to a larger impact rather than thinking we need to stomp all over the world with potentially destructive giant feet.
This is just a small amateur entry from today! I’m going to continue to post journal entries from when I left Aus and about life over here for anyone who is interested : )
LOVE YOU ALL.
-The featured photo is of a volunteer teaching in one of the schools in Pahacutec.