Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectualness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too: all sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Geothe’s couplets:
“Whatever you can do or dream you can,
Boldness has genius
Power and magic in it.”
–from W.H. Murray, written on the West Ridge of Mt. Everest
In November, two of my friends and I will head to the country of Nepal, where we will find opportunities to work in fields where we have experience and expertise.
I’ll be working with my client (and I WISH I could get them to change this name…) Community-Based Rehabilitation/Resource Center for Rehabilitation and Development (CBR/RCRD). They’ve been clients of mine since I first went to Nepal as an exigent volunteer in 2004.
I let them know when I’ll be coming, how long I’ll stay– typically a month, sometimes longer– and the first day of my visit we decide together how I can best help them this time. On my last visit in 2010, I conducted tech training (Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Docs, Skype and WordPress.com) for a national audience and I worked with their IT guy on problems with his Access Database.
As with all my Worldstouch international technology projects, I work for hospitality. CBR/RCRD provides a room in their hostel and meals on the rooftop dining hall. I have early-morning yoga with my hosts as well, and participate in festivals and gatherings when I’m invited.
This time, I’ll bring two friends–one a lifelong international teacher, trainer and community organizer, the other a highly trained psychologist. They pay their way, as do I, and we’ll find ways they can use their skills to help out while they are there.
St. James Mosiac
Poppies in the wind
Photos by Jean-Francois Llorens
Culture: What Is It, Really? from Patricia Perkins on Vimeo.
This is a speech Trish gave at the Future Business Leaders of America meeting at High Point University in the fall of 2008.
From the road, the road, an online travel book by Trish Perkins.
Travel is inherently uncomfortable, if you do it right.