Simplicity and dreams

It’s 10 o’clock, I’m kind of exhausted, sitting next to a pool full of teenagers with seemingly endless energy and I need to reflect. I am in the middle of an opportunity, traveling to the DR on a school service trip to help a group called the DREAM project. I’m with a group of highly privileged students working with many kids who have nothing.

In this place of beautiful beaches and shanty towns in the woods, I have found peace and confusion, beauty and disruption.

I have actually implemented a few of the systems I hoped to at home. Waking up early enough to see a sunset, exercising and relaxing before going to work (if you can call it that). I have won each morning and the days have been energized and productive.

Today, I got to work with a seven year-old girl that tagged along at my side or pulled me around the playground with nothing but smiles and requests to play or read. Hers was a face of joy.

Simplicity is the word that has been ringing through my ears all day. The students I am traveling with seem to be finding a new understanding from the simple joys in children. I see the power of simplicity in my techless days, the power of a beat up picture book in the hands of a child who takes pride in learning to read, my early to bed, early to rise, energy- giving mornings, and a group of people who work tirelessly with minimal resources to provide opportunities to children and a community that have little.

Please check out the DREAM project (dominicandream.org) if you can. They are great people doing great things with little recognition.

One thought on “Simplicity and dreams

  1. I have started getting into the habit of stopping my busy morning routine for ten minutes or so to have a cup of coffee and watch the sunrise as part of adding more reflection to my life. Have really started to enjoy it. Have another great day with DREAM.

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