Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I got an email the other day from one of the local nationals that work here on the compound and his email signature had the following Arabian proverb with it:

"It is not the road ahead that wears you out -- it is the grain of sand in your shoe."

It got me thinking about baggage that I carry around with me: people I've wronged and never forgiven myself for...people that have done the same to me...arguments that I've had with that I replay over and over again trying to find a different end result...

We all have instances where we've been hurt, or have hurt others...I think it is important to learn from those instances, but I think it is a totally different thing to carry those events as baggage, weighing us down...

I'm writing this mostly for myself, to remind me that when I get back I want to have used this time to figure some things out for myself...about myself...about who I want to be going forward: as a dad, husband, coworker, and friend.

There are things that I don't want to change, but then there are other things...

...random thoughts from the other side of the world...

I've been getting some questions about safety lately, maybe I'll cover that next time.


  1. I just want to hug you and tell you that change is inherent in everything we are. You can't help but change or you're probably not living. But thoughtful change, that's a challenge! I think you're awesome to even be aware that there are choices to be made. Hang in there, and just enjoy the walk down that sandy road.

  2. Love the proverb and so true. It is amazing how much our life can be different if we move forward in a postive, proactive direction. So true about the baggage...get rid of it!