We're Going to Haiti!

Tomorrow, the Dudes 4 Haiti embark. We’ll be in Haiti until Saturday, March 31. We’ll finally meet the kids of the HEART school and see th...

Tomorrow, the Dudes 4 Haiti embark. We’ll be in Haiti until Saturday, March 31. We’ll finally meet the kids of the HEART school and see the library that all your generous donations have funded. This is the culmination of months of hard work. We’re finally approaching the shores of this Ithaca. Yet, there is still much to be learned along the way. We won’t have wifi while there, so check back next week for pictures from our trip and, at least, one more post about our journey. 


Before I go, I want to leave you with some final thoughts. I’ve been thinking about the word wonder as I approached writing this final blog before we depart for Haiti. It’s been on my mind for a couple weeks now. I’ve been thinking about how we humans try to understand everything we encounter. We compare and contrast, we relate, we deduce, we make connections with our senses and our mind. We are constantly calibrating new experiences with old ones, seeing where we can take shortcuts and understand a little more than we did before. When we always try to understand, however, we miss the wonder and awe surrounding us. That’s what I’m present to as I approach our departure tomorrow. The wonder and awe that I’m going. The wonder and awe that we raised over $30,000. The wonder and awe of what I’ll see when I’m there. Even as I write these things, my mind whips and tries to understand, to place images with these facts, instead of just letting them be, letting them exist as the wondrous things they are. That’s the opportunity as we travel to Haiti, as we venture to a new country and see new things. We can look at what we encounter and compare them to all we know, or we can just see them as they are. We can look upon a new land with open eyes instead of calibrating ones. We can look in wonder instead of the constant drive to understand. 

See you when we return.

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