“Think of the World you carry within you”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
I saw this quote written on the cover of a journal as I was walking through Target today. I was at Target to get supplies for my trip to West Virginia to volunteer. I haven’t been overly excited about this trip. I like what I am going to do and I know that this community, less than seven hours from my home, needs so much help. High School drop out rates in more than 39 counties is almost 2% greater than the National average. I am going there to teach for a week. I don’t know what to expect other than mountains and mosquitoes!
I wanted to go to Guatemala. I had filled out the application and had been accepted as an English teacher. After some thorough research, I backed out of the trip. Guatemala, so it seems, is not a very safe place to visit. Our Government tends to blow safety concerns in other countries out of proportion but when the Guatemalan Government listed two pages of safety concerns I decided that perhaps now was not the time for me to visit this area. I then decided that I would take a solo road trip to Beards Fork, West Virginia. This trip was my birthday present to myself.
Last year, I decided that instead of always receiving on my birthday I would give instead. Giving gives me more pleasure and happiness than any gift I could receive on my birthday. Last year, I decided to have a dinner party in honor of all of my girl friends. Most assumed I was doing it for my 40th birthday bash. It was NOT my 40th last year, that was three days ago. It was instead (in my mind) my graduation party. A graduation from an old way of thinking and doing things. It was my way of moving from taking to giving.
So as I was walking through Target, wondering if going to the middle of the mountains with no cell reception to help me hear my kids’ voices was the right idea, I ran across this quote. It made me think – What if we all could think of this perfect world and just carry that inside of us? If everyone could just carry a piece – can you imagine? We can change the world- we just have to “think” we can.
I leave in the morning, just me, my jeep and the open road……..
I am also taking on another cause- if you would like to help the children of Japan please visit my causes site: http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/259269