April 25th – Captain’s Log…oops…wrong galaxy! Coming back from 8 days in Haiti has me reeling. Most people can relate with how difficult it is to “Get back into the swing of things” after going on vacation, or spending an extended time on the road. But unless you have traveled abroad to a 3rd world country – where nothing can be taken for granted – and extreme poverty is the norm – you probably won’t understand what I am about to say…
Leaving Leogane, Haiti (again) was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I went with a mission – to help build a 2-room home and to deliver a water filtration system. You’d think that there would be satisfaction in “accomplishing a mission”. Call it an entrepreneurs disease… call it classic “Catholic Guilt” syndrome (though I am not Catholic)… call it what you will. The “What More Can I Do to Fix This” complex is overwhelming – creating tremendous heartache – and a focused desire to go back as soon as possible. It’s one thing to just want to overcome such poverty and destruction…it’s a whole new ballgame when you invest in the people and they become like FAMILY to you. Having spent considerable time learning the Haitian Kreyol language, I was able to communicate and bond with many new friends. They all wanted to know when I would return… “M’ap tune an Janvie” was my immediate response – “I will return in January!”.
So now I am back in the US – but how does one reconcile that desire and heartache with the NEED to jump back into the fires at home? Which is the “Real” world? Is there a distinction? I know that both worlds are real – and important – so, how do I shift back to THIS world’s priorities? Should be simple – but it’s not. Just like any other major challenge life may throw at me, the most important thing to do is literally put one foot in front of the other and know that there is PURPOSE in meeting the the needs of my clients (and my family) here at home. And ultimately, being EXCELLENT in what I do here will help me achieve the goals and objectives to make an impact-full difference in the lives of my “family” in Haiti.
Thank you to all of those that helped support my most recent trip – with prayers, gifts and financial support – I could not have done it without you. I will be following up with more “stories” shortly – giving a bit more light-hearted look into the trip. But for now – THANK you all again 🙂