I just returned from an amazing weekend in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, where I took part in a spiritual retreat. After a few months of working like crazy to get Healthy Villages, Inc. on its feet, it really felt great to put the laptop and cell phone aside and just 'be'. Besides walking in the woods and gazing at the reflections in the beautiful still waters of the pond, I was able to catch up with old friends and make new ones. There were over 100 folks at the gathering, and people I'd never met before kept coming up to me and saying "we have donations for you, for your work in Ghana!"
Someone brought a whole bag-full of plastic pill bottles all the way from California for me; another person organized a local church in her town to collect pill bottles. A married couple who are herbalists shared tins of their wound healing balm. A friend shopped the thrift stores to find a bunch of sweet outfits for young children. Another brought a box of over the counter medications and ointments. By the end of the weekend, I had a trunk-full of all sorts of donations! I was so incredibly touched by the generosity and enthusiasm of my spiritual community.
Not only that, but I made some exciting connections with medical professionals, healers, permaculture experts, and sustainable living practitioners. It was amazing to take in the wisdom and knowledge of such a diverse group of people.
Amidst the many positive comments about our work in Ghana, I also sometimes heard a somewhat wistful comment like "I wish I could do something like that." The funny thing is that Godfried and I don't feel like we're doing anything spectacular - we just saw a need and decided to try and fill it. The more we opened ourselves to the possibility of making a difference in the lives of people who just need a hand up and some support, the more opportunities the Universe has sent our way. Just about every day, one of us gets an out-of-the-blue inquiry with real potential!
Right now, I'm in conversation with an Engineers Without Borders group and a permaculture design and education group who want to come to Ghana next summer to design and implement an overall plan for our little beloved village. This literally started coming together at 1:30am - in the middle of the night!
So what does it take? I believe that to create a more just and equitable world, we all just need to open our hearts to possibility and go with whatever flow presents itself. Open to intention and watch what happens! We all have amazing strengths and gifts that this world needs right now. Whether it's organizing the neighborhood to save their pill bottles, or volunteering time on a humanitarian mission, everything contributes to the greater good. If you feel 'in the flow,' you're doing the right thing, whatever it is!
Thank you for supporting the mission of Healthy Villages, Inc. in so many important ways. On this, the International Day of Peace, let's work together to create a just and peaceful planet.