Though this date for my departure to Haiti was not intentional, I still reflect on the symbolism.
My intention today is to leave my country of comfort and familiarity, in order to do the following:
- learn not teach
- listen not talk
- understand not convince
- build up not tear down
- give not take
- bless and be blessed
Honor the fallen (of both this historic date, as well as all who have fallen as a result) today by lifting up the opposite spirit of those who acted in violence, hatred, bitterness, aggression, ignorance, arrogance, and intolerance. I wish for my country more learning, more listening, more understanding, more building up, more giving, more blessing.