Dear fellow sojourners!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not”. I encourage you to consider what you found to be ‘beautiful’ while on this adventure. I believe you understand that it isn’t enough to just ‘see’ and ‘appreciate’ what is ‘beautiful’. Remember to take the ‘beauty’ you have identified and make it a part of yourself, ever growing and ever changing to direct your actions in a more informed, conscious and purposeful way.
It has been a privilege to travel with you all. I am so encouraged to have observed meaningful change take place in each one of you. Many of you were traveling in circumstances far outside of your comfort zone. You approached these challenges with humility, curiosity, and courage; you connected with one another, you connected with the South African culture(s), and you connected with your inner self.
Some of you may be experiencing what feels like a ‘loss’. Now you are home, and back to habitual living where every day circumstances tend to be routine and familiar; you don’t have to struggle to adjust. In South Africa, you were emotionally and cognitively stretched through challenging and memorable experiences. Don’t just leave these experiences as ‘memories’, but mindfully keep them with you, to shape the opportunities you pursue and the choices you make.
I.P.O.Y (I am proud of you)