Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Time to breathe....
Since coming home I have needed time to breathe so here I sit and will make the time. I thought I would share with you all a little bit of what I wrote while on the road back to the airport from our hotel.....and a few pictures of course.....
January 16th, 2009 -9:30am
Driving through the countryside on route to the airport I have many thoughts on this 3 hour journey on rough roads destroyed by the hurricanes through various towns and villages. I see many things that I long to understand, I have had the privilege of traveling to many different countries and seeing people in various walks of life yet the Cuban people amaze me each time I visit. They seem so happy and contented with a life that we would deem extremely simple and yet there is a part of me that longs for simplicity.
I peer through a shuttered window and see a single rocking chair in a tiny room and think to myself what is the life of the person who sits there daily, what are their dreams? do they have a family? As I look through another window I see five women all sitting in a circle, is this their version of "morning coffee?" As we continue to drive along a kind lady blows me a kiss, a little boy smiles and waves, an elderly lady is sitting on her porch enjoying the fresh air, a young couple is sitting on a swing deep in conversation.... there are so many people everywhere.
What do they think of us people who travel into their country by the thousands most not wanting to immerse themselves in the country but rather want a speedy trip to the bubble of a 5 star hotel in the lap of 'Cuban luxury' while still complaining about the best that Cubans have to offer?!
We are without a doubt blessed by the wealth that we live in everyday just because we live in Canada, yet I am sure if you'd ask most Cubans they too would say they are blessed. For what is the standard by which we judge blessing and wealth is it by the stuff that we accumulate and the houses we live in? or is it by the love of family and friends that surrounds each of us.
Each time I visit I become so aware of the consumerism that surrounds our culture and how easily I fall into it and each time I make the resolution that I need to be more thankful everyday with what I have instead of always wanting more.
Goodbye Cuba I know I will visit again............
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