I depart from intellectual property on this month’s
post to wish you all happy thanksgiving, and to offer a heartfelt “thank
you” for your friendship, acquaintance, and business. I don’t recognize my opportunities and blessings enough. I’m hoping to improve, particularly following a recent
This month, through the generosity of another, I was gifted travel for a
to a Q’eqchi’
indian village in the rural mountains of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Against the back-drop of a recent, lengthy, and high casualty civil war
, as well as rampant land and property dispossession,
these families recently banded together to get a loan for a home and land on
which to farm. Annual income ranges from
between $200 and $1,000 per household. This is very little even by third world standards. For many reasons, even this simple life will be an uphill battle for these people. Luckily, it is on the radar of some humanitarian organizations
, which are imparting sustainable community knowledge and helping out
with water supply, a school, and medical care.
Despite challenging circumstances, these folks are extraordinary
examples to me of persistence, optimism, doing much with little, sharing
notwithstanding scarcity, and finding happiness in the small but important
things in life.
In this season, may we all find thanks, giving, and joy in our blessings and
hardships. We have much to be grateful for.