There’s so much going on in Uganda, it’s almost a living, breathing thing.
If it was able to speak, it would constantly be offering wisdom. I’m going to try to translate for those who may not be lucky enough to listen firsthand.
This is what Uganda has to say:
▪ “Grow up”-More than anything, this trip has taught me how precious life and relationships are. There’s no way to know how much time we, or those closest to us, have left on this earth. Death can be just around the corner or a lifetime away. Life is completely unpredictable, and it’s fragile.
▪ “Look closer”-At the game park, the crowd is almost completely composed of Americans and Europeans. Outside of the game park, we are the only white people for miles. It’d be so easy to come to Uganda and remain ignorant of the poor and suffering and still feel like you had a successful “African vacation.” It’s got to be that way with Omaha, New York and almost any other city in the world. It takes a resilient and open eye to really take in the whole picture.
▪ “Slow down”-We live in a society that’s always pushing: “more,” “faster.” We sometimes sacrifice quality of the relationships in favor of getting what we want and think we need. What’s more important than spending time and building meaningful relationships?
▪ “Give more, take less”-There seems to be an unfair paradox of having more, wanting more and giving less vs. having less, wanting less and giving more. If the people with more gave proportionally with those who have less, I think that’d solve a lot of our problems.
▪ “Stop complaining”-There’s just no justifying it.
▪ “Don’t forget”-This is the challenge.