Sa Wah Dee Kap!!
It is now Thursday, August 4th and it so strange not to not have you all here. I actually miss the pirate talk echoing down the halls or the elated cries of Bing Bong booming through the air. From our first meeting at the airport to our last dinner on the river, it is amazing just how much you all grew in these past 21 days. We kept you so busy but you took it all with a smile. Even when we had unplanned bumps in the road you were still able to maintain a positive attitude. I am so impressed by your tenacity, perseverance, and overall awesomeness.
We entered the program as individuals with very little idea of what was in store for us. Over the past three weeks we laughed together, cried together, sang together, sweated together, but most of all grew as a family…together. In service, we accomplished so much as a group and learned just how much of an impact that small gestures can make in the world; if everybody does just a little bit…nobody will have to do a lot.
We learned the importance of approaching every situation with flexibility because the reality of life is that it is uncertain and things constantly change. Remember: “To bend like a reed in the wind, that is true strength”. We demonstrated amazing courage by facing our fears head on regardless of the outcomes. It is in those moments that true greatness is born because we learn the most important lesson of failure: learning to pick ourselves back up.
As we resettle back into our lives let us remember the lessons we learned and the lifelong bonds we made this summer. Until next time…
-Julie, Chris, Dee