What an eye-opening experience.
In this short time, I was able to learn so much about compassion, being seen, humanity, hunger, communication, and kindness. In the same fashion as soldiers practicing maneuvers in peacetime, so too did I practice my compassion skills before I got to a place where they were needed and there was no safety net handy. Now that I‘m thinking about it, I’m remembering how much easier it was on the second day. I imagine it’d be even easier on the next day, and the one after that. I suppose what I’m trying to say is this:
It’s easy to practice setting up the tent when it’s dry and the sun is out, because there’s no crucial need or life-threatening situation. In the dark, cold, and rain isn’t the time or place to be practicing.
When it’s easy, we train. We train for the times when it won’t be easy. We train, while it’s easy, for the hard times.
(See y’all tomorrow)