Posted on February 1, 2016 by Phoebe Chi (Puppydoc)
Although this family treasured life and found joy in the simple things…
(Papa with little Mialy)
…it is no lie that each day was still a struggle.
Category: Africa, Photography, VolunteeringTags: dancing, dinner, family, food, Madagascar, photo, poverty, premed, travel, village, volunteer
Poem was great, too!
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Your Madagascar posts remind me so much of my daughter’s comments when she went on a church mission to an orphanage in Mexico. They had nothing (by our standards) and yet were happy in their community. In contrast, we keep hearing about objections to the Syrian refugees based on their “load” on our government’s resources, employment opportunities etc. I get so frustrated at times when I realize that so many people will not give up anything to help less fortunate people. Most of the population of North America could survive very well with a minor drop in their standard of living …. but they won’t entertain the idea. I wish I had some answers.
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Yes…I think you were right when you mentioned “by our standards.” It’s all about what standards people set for their own happiness. I know ones who have enjoyed a happy childhood living in poverty and then migrated and are now unhappy with the fact that they don’t feel like they have “enough” even though socioeconomically they are much better. When they had nothing, they expected nothing. When I lived in Africa for a year, I tried to live on their standards and expected little. But I would be lying if I said that my expectations for ‘a good life’ wasn’t higher once I came back to the states. I obviously don’t have the answer to make people willing to sacrifice their own comfort for others, but I think that raising awareness about the sufferings that the rest of the world has to go through is a start to opening people’s eyes. 🙂
What I find truly amazing is that they smile through these struggles. There is a great lesson to be learned in the smiles on these faces: it does not matter what life gives you, you can always, always find a reason to smile if you want to. The little things are often the most important. Great photo, Phoebe. Thanks for sharing it 🙂
You are so right! Blessings are all around us. We just need to be willing to appreciate them. This family treasured every day that they were given, and I think just seeing their perspective on life opened my eyes to how many things I take for granted in mine. May we all continue to appreciate the little things! 🙂
I will stand and raise a glass to this…Here! Here! 🙂
Struggling……and yet they smile……there’s a great message in that!
Yes…living with them was a very eye-opening experience, as you can imagine. I wish we could all see life the way they see it…just appreciating the little things… 🙂
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A lover of animals and a caregiver by trade who, through these scribbles, ponders over her days spent behind the white coat and her life alongside a lovable feline named Samantha.