Their profiles were impressive. Director of an institution, graduates of masteral degrees from abroad, former nuns, doctors, nurses, etc.
Like me, they all chose the road less traveled, and went to such countries like Ghana, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Nepal, Kenya, and Malawi.
Im humbled by their stories surviving candlelight dinners because there’s no electricity for 6 months, no bath for 10 days, worms in food and that goes thru your skin. My extra challenge in the Thai Burma border does not compare to what they have experience.
At the end of the conference, this is a life lesson I have learned:
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson