"Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive...then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard Thurman

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Points to Ponder and Random Observations

This beautiful Sunday morning has allowed us some time to reflect on the week and among other things, we have been discussing:
-  "How can Haiti consider itself a free country when we have to borrow money to hold elections?" Stated by one of our Haitian friends this week.

-  Why is new sheet metal being used to build fences around big business and churches instead of to build homes?

-  Are the 50 roosters living next door used for cock fighting?

-  Are you also finding yourself already instinctively knowing when to hold your breath/not inhale when we're on the street and we're approaching a particularly bad smell?

-  Did you see how the faces of the other people with amputations lit up when the young girl put her new prostheses on and started walking with so much joy?

-  What to do about transportation?  Port au Prince is even more difficult to navigate than ever.  So many roads are filled with tents/closed and traffic is worse than ever so we really need a driver, at least short term.  We have one that we really like but he's very expensive ($110 US) and his vehicle isn't very reliable.  Do we buy our own truck and have him drive it for a while?  Prices are so inflated right now and how do we know whatever we buy would be reliable?  Do we find someone else who is less expensive?  

Enough of that - it's time for a workout, another language lesson and then we're off to an orphanage for the afternoon.


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