Saturday, December 26, 2009

I have a strong desire to go build a school in Pakistan

I've had a weird Christmas holiday.
I let my boys go to Austin for two weeks, since they were out of school,
and I had to work,
and they wanted to spend time with their dad.

But, I still wanted to see them for Christmas Day.
So, the day before Christmas, I rode the Greyhound Bus down to Austin
to spend less then 48 hours with my boys, staying at my-almost-ex-inlaws' home.

It was weird.

No one was rude or inhospitable.
But things were definitely different.
No matter how uncomfortable I was, I'm glad I went to be with my children.
That was most important.

And while traveling (I have a post coming up tomorrow about my bus experience) the five hours there and six hours back, I read a book called Three Cups of Tea.

And now I want to run off to Pakistan and help build schools.

Because the chlidren there are the true casualties of all this fighting and war.
And they deserve an education.
So that there can be change.

What I've read has inspired me.

Greg Mortenson, someone with very little money, made a HUGE difference.
and continues to do so.

And to me, that is motivational.

The True Meaning of Life.

Giving what you can.

So, while I am in a difficult time in my life.
Going through a divorce,
living with my parents again,
trying to figure out how to make it on my own,
while raising two boys...
there is so much worse out there in the world.
and I need to remember that.
And be thankful for what I do have.
I need to find my path.

Figure out what I need to do to find purpose in life.

So, really, I think I spent my Christmas in Pakistan.


Ash said...

Perspective is always good - thanks for an excellent dose of it.

As my boys become older, I need to make it a point to educate them more on the quality of life for other children in the world. Wonderful lesson for all of us really.

Unknown said...

I am glad you made such an effort to see your boys for Christmas, but can also imagine it was somewhat painful and uncomfortable.

Sometimes we read books that really do inspire like this, I will also check this one out. Thanks for the comment on my header. That was the piccie that got me 2nd at our museums annual contest. You will appreciate this - I took it standing in the midst of our cemetery, in my bright pink cowbooy boot house shoes!

Unknown said...

I guess I know what my next read will be!!!

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

I loved that book! He came here to speak last February when Michael was in the I didn't get to go. Did you see that he has a sequel out? And I know your life is crazed...but can you imagine being married to him? I am not sure that I could handle that...even knowing all the good he was doing!

AdriansCrazyLife said...

That's a great book isn't it. I love to hear about people who are doing something positive for people in such dire need.

That's great that you went to all that effort to spend time with your boys. Hope they appreciated it!

Putting the FUN in DysFUNctional said...

I predict this is going to be a very good year for you.

Anonymous said...

Glad to know that ppl in the US...especailly Texas care.

Anonymous said...


A school in Pakistan is a great idea. I have not read the book yet but it is on my list of book to read. So many books, so little time.

When you decide to go to Pakistan, I can go with you. I know places and people in Pakistan and I could be your interpretor, if you will. It's the best idea I have heard in a long time and I encourage you to go for it despite all the odds. I even have the money for at least one school based on the formula I have heard from Mr. Mortenson. I saw his interview on Public TV.

Thanks for a wonderful blog.

seo soltutions said...

finding ones purpose in life is a big journey..

Cam M. said...

True Dat, Girl! Best post I've read on a blog in a long time, cuz it's not cute or catchy sounding. It is just true...we have so much in comparison to others even in these times of economic hardship. All one has to do is travel to see/know that!

Oh, and good luck with 'adjusting'.