Connection, relationships, India, travel, meaningful travel, Away 2 Be, dear human

Dear Human,

As we travel around the world, the need for effective communication and empathy becomes more and more apparent.  Often there is an overwhelming desire to “change the world” quickly and urgently. However, it is the small things we do, the connections we make that will inevitably create sustainable, positive shifts in the world.  This is a letter I wrote in India to those with whom I may never be able to connect, but will always remember.

Dear Human,

Dear man with the drums and man with the large balloon, dear child asking for shampoo and woman with baby asking for a bit of rice, dear man on the street without legs, dear human on the sidewalk, too forlorn and forgotten to know your strength as you lay nearly naked, dear old, wrinkled woman bringing your hand to your mouth, the universal symbol for food, dear youth, pretending you, too are a tourist, trying to coax conversation, dear one, running after me for a chance to maybe, just maybe take hold of my water bottle for your future use, or maybe my hand to hold.

I see you.

I hear you.

I feel you.

I’m sorry if you think I don’t.  I’m sorry if I walk by without making eye contact, without smiling or greeting you, or embracing you, or asking your name and your passion in life.  I want to.  I wish you knew that.  I wish you could know that I care.  My intent is never to ignore the humanity, the humanness of you.  For you I hope for a better life, a better situation.  It is because of you I will continue to do this work, to focus on sustainable, long-lasting change.  I know it is impossible for you to see.

Maybe I am wrong.  Maybe if I hugged you and bought you rice and gave you the shirt I wear, things would be different.

But I know they wouldn’t.

I see you.

I hear you.

I feel you.

Could I listen to your story?

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