A short post about the many different challenges that have come our way in the last weeks. Thankfully, the balance appears to be leveling as October rapidly approaches.
A very brief post about three ideas that continue to capture my thoughts since our visit home. Hope you enjoy my return to making photographs of rainy season sunsets!
I am feeling very far behind, but maybe I can be okay with that! In any event, here is a general status update after heading back to the U.S.A and returning to Thailand. I am sure to have more as my mind and thoughts continue to organize and overcome the jet lag.
Things are going to change, I can feel it... I was not expecting to write today, but a quiet morning with the sunrise and a sore throat got me thinking. My thoughts came together in a way that seemed appropriate for public sharing.
Dealing with the tragedies of the past week has not been easy. I cannot say whether it is harder or easier than being at home, but it is definitely different. Much of the reading I have been doing surrounds social justice throughout the world. Much of the living I have done has helped me understand marginalization.
I should share with you that there are probably only two things unique about these posts: 1) you know me so that impacts how you process my words. 2) I am having this transition or awakening in a relative vacuum here in Thailand.
Otherwise, you can expect to hear the voice of yet another white male coming to understand his privilege. How that privilege has shaped a huge portion of my life, and how I interact with the world. There are at least hundreds, hopefully thousands of thousands of men like me out there who have had nearly the same experience. I am aware that many have already written about the experience, and have likely done it more eloquently.
Much of the content I will be sharing this week has been in the works for months. I cannot keep it to myself any longer, and I can no longer try to perfect it. I am putting it out there with its imperfections and the knowledge that I have no control over what will come. But maybe, just one person will begin their journey to greater understanding because of it. That hope is more than enough for me.
I seem to be constantly looking back, reflection. I know I have done this before, but this is what this community and experience look like to me after 10 months here. Can you believe it has been 10 months already? I hardly can.
Another day, and a bunch more reflective thinking. I feel like I am getting somewhere and still the same old me, but what do I know. I do sense that I am starting to find solid footing, and to be honest it feels pretty good.
To begin our vacation, Susan and I took the night train to Bangkok. We had a wonderful experience and also spoke with a nice Englishman. The experience caused me to stop and reflect on our relationship.
Well, with our first gift exchange on 12/17, and the big performance on 12/19 - we are in full-time Christmas mode. Luckily, last weekend the Christmas spirit unexpectedly arrived for me. The where (Thailand, Obviously!!), but the how is what today's post is about. I stripped it down as much as I could, I hope you get the sense and maybe (yimm) smile.
This week you can find my post featured on the Good Shepherd Volunteers (GSV) website at: http://justlovegsv.blogspot.com/
Being all of 13 days removed from America, reflections on my current community, changing community, and our first "community night" have stimulated some thoughts about the decay of some aspects of community in America.
My apologies for the delay, but we have been a little caught-up in transition. I even hoped to have all 4 tenets covered before arriving in Thailand, but maybe the delay has provided more insight. Here are my thoughts on our changing of communities...