What an amazing three weeks I have had. My journey has been a total kaleidoscope of colours, smells, contrasts, noise, emotions, joys, overwhelm and so much appreciation of our humanity.
I was constantly reminded of the story of the little boy who was on the seashore – picking up starfish from the thousands that littered the sands and throwing them back into the water.
A man came to him and said.. what difference does it make.. there are thousands of them.. the little boy answered – as he picked up one more and threw it back into the waves.. “It made a difference to that one”.
In India there is always more to do.. another child in need, another woman who can be helped to get on her own feet with some basic retraining. Yet another starfish to be helped back into the flow of the waves..
Is it worth it?
To see the smiles on the faces of the children from the Geeta Nagar slums in Mumbai – who are being given the opportunity to learn. To see in these narrow and jumbled streets – more like passageways between the cobbled together houses.. the co-existence of Muslim, Hindu and Christian.. their temples and churches almost next door.
Right here at these grassroots were so many learnings for me.
Let me introduce Sagaya Mary to you… she is a teacher who lives and works with the children in the slum – she is a powerhouse of a woman – extremely spiritual and a devout Christian – we followed her along the narrow street and she had kind words and greetings for all she met .. and could tell us the stories of all the children.
Is this a place that you can lose your heart? Very much so.. a place where every small gift can make such a difference to these people’s lives. And in losing your heart to them – you truly find it again!
I’m going back of course – and if any of you are interested in joining me – we have designed an amazing adventure / journey of the heart to take you into this world – and also to go outside of the cities to the village life that will catch at the centre of your being.
We will be on a trip of a lifetime – and you will have the chance to make a difference in a profound way. Stay posted for details – leaving end of February 2011.