We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets.” ~Dalai Lama
Yes, I was gone for two month with Doctors Without Borders and no one noticed. No one on the internet that is. That’s ok, I’m use to it.
I have returned unscathed…mostly.
I worked side-by-side with a doctor from the UK and one from South Africa. I tend to pick up the vernacular and my friends and family think it’s hilarious. This will pass straightaway.
Big, Big THANK YOU to Kara who handles everything for me (as me) on line when I’m gone. Kara does so much for me, even when I’m in the country. Thanks Lola for handling the FB group, Polymer Clay Collective.
It takes me awhile to decompress, stop moving and switch off my lizard brain. Then I go through what I can only describe as post-partum depression for a spell. It doesn’t last long and what comes after is indescribable.
Every time I return and step on U.S. soil I always get the feeling I have been sleepwalking through life. Like I could be doing so much more. I want to make my life count.
My only comfort is that I do help people everyday navigate the life they have envisioned by empowering them and giving them the tools and knowledge they need to move forward. Sometimes they’re not ready for change. Fear holds them back and they think they have failed or even worse, failed me. I set them straight. I scale down their fears to a more manageable size. Help them step out of their comfort zone to reach their goal(s).
The same thing I had to do for myself the first time I decided to work with Doctors Without Borders three years ago. I was terrified and exhilarated. The first time I stepped off the small charter plane I felt like I was going to break into a million pieces from fear.
I’m planning another two month departure for January and June 2014. Its become my second home.
Now it’s your turn. Go do something that will scare the shit out of you. You will never feel more alive. Show up for your life…everyday. Be present in the moment.
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Join me tomorrow for my Echo Creative Club post. I have been up for 72 hours and I will attempt to create something. Unless I fall off my chair into a dead sleep.Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist and published jewelry designer. She is the creator of the Echo Creative Club and of the Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives.