Rekindling

I have been waiting and waiting to post about Salt Lake, the last stop on our Yoga for Congo tour this year.

I haven’t had the words to talk about it.

I still don’t.

For lots of reasons, this event was the most painful one I have prepared for in a long time.

Starting over is never easy, and this event was fraught with more than just a new beginning in Salt Lake.

It is all too easy to focus on everything that is going wrong.

But if you do, you miss the things are that so, so right.

Things like my sister who in a little over a week travelled 1,060 miles completely on her own dime, and usually on her own, just to take pictures for me and to help.  (And after all those miles and hundreds of photos snapped, this is the only one we got with her in it, bless her amazing heart.)

Things like old, dear friends who did so much to help me, even though I was exhausted and a little crazy by the time the last event came around.

Things like my little girl, who woke up very early to come to a second event, though she had gone to bed only a few hours earlier, because Shukuru meant so much to her.

And things like Grace.

Grace is the first Congolese person to ever come to an event.  I have invited many people before, and have completely understood when they weren’t up to coming.  But Grace came, and meeting him changed me forever.

When the event was over, I was both eager and afraid to hear what his impressions were.

Our brief conversation is personal, and I will cherish it always.  I don’t think I can actually say how much I needed it.  I feel completely rekindled and renewed.

And I will never, ever give up.

I have seen courage with my own eyes and hope I will never let my own fail me again.

6 Responses

  1. Debbie Domenici

    You are right, this was one wonderful event! It may be rough starting again, but you had two successful events in two days! It was wonderful to be a part of this and to help out. We love helping with these events and can’t wait to help with more. You are such a wonderful example of looking out for and helping others, even if you may never meet them in this life! Thanks for being a wonderful example to us!

    November 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  2. Teresa

    Your courage and grace under pressure are incredible to me! Thanks for being the beacon that you are! And kudos muchimos to your little #3 for her stick-to-it-ivity!! Love You All!

    Grandma

    November 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm

  3. Jen

    All we can do is keep showing up right?? You are a gift to us all…a reminder to keep showing up. Love you, Jen

    November 11, 2013 at 8:04 am

  4. I had a wonderful time! :) You are changing so many things that you just don’t understand, and not just for the people of Congo. NAMASTE to YOU!

    November 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

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  6. Tara

    Love you, dear friend! So proud of you for all your hard work and perseverance. You have been, and always will be, a shining example to me! Please come stay with us anytime. And bring the kids! We can’t wait to see you again!

    PS- I hold that dear Maggie Mae close to my heart!

    November 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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