i will think of the poor village who showed their gratitude to us by giving all of us bottles of water when they don't even have enough water for themselves.
from now on, when i pass someone on the street
i will think about how everyone here smiles and welcomes us whole heartedly as if we were the best thing that ever happened to this place
from now on, when i look in the fridge and groan about having nothing to eat
i will think of the people here who have a choice of about 7 foods total- IF they are very lucky. usually they hardly have enough to sustain themselves.
from now on, when i babysit some american kids
i will think about the children here and how easily entertained they are and how happy they are all the time
from now on, when i am driving with my fiance
i will think about the driving here and how it is 25 times scarier than his fast and furious driving mode
from now on, when i am striving to become more humble
i will think of the people here, and simply emulate their behavior
from now on, when i see a cricket
i will think of myself gagging down a cricket in my little dirty house with no electricity
from now on, when i come home and take a shower
i willl feel like the luckiest person in the world and thank the heavens!
from now on, when i go to school
i will think about all the children and teenagers here who cannot afford school fees and consequently receive no education- leaving little hope for a bright future
from now on, when i hear someone groan about having 'nothing to wear'
i will show them pictures of the children here who wear the same ripped, dirty, and tattered t shirts everyday. or the little kids running around naked because they have no clothes.
from now on, whenever i am in a car
i will appreciate the fact that it is not a crammed, bumpy, and dirty taxi.
from now on, when i see a motorcycle
i will think of my boda boda rides. so free and fast and FUN!
from now on, when i am feeling depressed
i will slap myself square in the face because i have more blessings than i ever even realized.
from now on, when i see beautiful scenery
i will think of the sunsets and jungles here- and whatever i am currently looking at will almost definitely pale in comparison
from now on, i will never be the same.
having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.