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As many of you know, I have now returned from my three week trip to Zambia, Africa. Most of the questions I get from friends and acquaintances are something along the lines of “how was it?”.
What do I even say to that?
I usually respond with a simple “great!”, allowing me to end the conversation there (unless they further inquire, desirous to know details).
Why? Well, how in the world do you sum up a life-changing, inspiring, emotionally trying, frustrating, exhausting experience in a few words? I imagine that only the people closest to me, having a sincere desire to learn what I’ve learned, will hear the more intimate thoughts and feelings I’ve experienced in the past few weeks.
Suffice it to say that this was an experience unlike any other, and one that I wish everybody could have.
Pondering where to start in my desire to blog about some of my experiences, I feel that I better understand Mormon when he repeatedly said that he could only write a fraction of what he had read and seen and experienced.
Anything more than that often becomes casting your pearls before swine. Not that I think any of you are swine… ;)
So, I ask for your patience, sincerity, and open hearts as in future days and weeks I select certain stories from my trip to share with the world. I hope to convey just a few of the lessons I’ve learned and things I’ve seen.
I have no idea where to start…