TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Ethiopia is a place where everything
that is intrinsically real and raw meets the road.
“Testing, awe-inspiring & heartbreaking – a journey you’ll never forget. You don’t explore Ethiopia for a relaxing getaway, you venture here to be moved. And moved you shall be.” – Lonely Planet Guide to Ethiopia
And moved I was–completely changed, in fact. Ethiopia is a place where everything that is intrinsically real and raw meets the road–where every conclusion you might have about life is truly challenged.
All assumptions vanish quickly. Materialistic impulses are challenged, followed closely by everything else that seemed so important before. Your mind goes on spinning with the sights, sounds, and smells of each day.
Gratitude grows, not for all of the stuff you have back home. I found myself thankful to meet the people here who have so little in terms of power, prestige, and possessions, yet what they have instead seems so much more valuable.
The children of Ethiopia are magical, good, pure… untainted. They value education, as it is the means to their very survival. Simply put, they are a beautiful inspiration to me. When I look in through those transfixing eyes, into their divine souls, I see a beautiful testament to the human spirit.