Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Best of Times

Serving in another culture really is the best of times and the worst of times. One of our volunteer friends says that every day is a roller coaster, and we have come to see that as truth! Though this week has definitely had some "worst of times" moments, today was the best of times! One of those - "THIS is why I'm here!" kind of days!

It has been an average, everyday kind of day - nothing too special. But we've had so many little moments that just affirmed our integration into the community and our purpose for being here that it just felt great! While we were in Bushenyi doing some shopping we had some great conversations with the shopkeepers in the local language. We didn't get called mzungus at all! The often rude Boda drivers were just funny and friendly today. We had a great time chatting at the market. We've had great conversations with our neighbors and college staff about some projects we are working on around the house. We had our counterpart and dear friend over for dinner and had a great couple hours of just talking and sharing with one another. It was a perfect day!

So, although we go through our ups and downs, and the blog sees lots of them both, just wanted to say that today was one of the best of times! You never know what a day will hold, but today was a great one! During college, I wrote this quote on my bed as the first thing I would see in the morning: "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. And I guess today was a reminder that despite yesterdays downs, today could and will be a great day!

Thanks for reading. Love and miss you all!


1 comment:

  1. Ryan and Emily,
    We continue to pray for you both...good days and bad days. I love the quote by Emerson. Hope tomorrow is another good day!