The Uncommon Man

February 03, 2007

MRI in Liberia: 1776 miles left to Brussels

1776 miles left to Brussels.

9:47 pm
Our day started at 12 noon to catch planes from Bradley to DC to Brussels. Even though we flew from Bradley to DC we ended up flying over Hartford again towards Halifax and then across the Atlantic. This is our third trip to the motherland, and if this is not a blessing, I don’t know what is.

The past few weeks of prepping for this trip tells us how fast we have grown, how much we are learning, and how much more we need to learn and grow to enhance our development.

So, we began this trip the way we usually do, giving thanks for all the strength, guidance, courage and humbleness, and evoking the spirits of our ancestors to continue to guide us in all we do. We know this experience of our third trip to the motherland, to the cradle of civility and civilization is a gift and a blessing and we honor that. Like all our trips, this one is unique, and we continue to blaze new trails.

The years of civil war in Liberia, and the suffering of the Liberian people make it especially important to us to invoke these blessings. I am overjoyed and honored to be with my brothers and sisters who have gone through so much in the past few years, and to join with them at this great moment in time to work together to help support a healthy community.

As I ask for the wisdom to be present to this journey, I stand still, relax, and breathe deeply, using every cell in my body, and my third eye to listen quietly. I open myself to feel the pain, and relish in the hope of the coming generations of my brothers and sisters who will carry on the vision. Together we will work tirelessly to see that men in all their communities will be vigilant in their support of women and children in a safer world.

I thank the Supreme Creator for the opportunity to be a part of the vision.

— James Arana, Associate Director
Men's Resources International, USA

Note: For a compilation of all blog entries from Steven and James in Liberia, click here.

Posted by Daniel at February 3, 2007 09:47 PM

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