I am back in Lima. I arrived late last night. This was a particularly difficult trip.
I am really missing my wife and our little girl. I'm the type of husband that, even after almost 25-years, really misses his wife after a long day away from one another - and trips can sometimes be particularly hard.
In any event, I arrived in Lima last night feeling a little homesick. I collected my bags and headed for a taxi. After the normal four-phone-calls-and-ten-texts to finalize the taxi pick-up spot, I finally settled into a cab for the 30-minute drive to the HBI office and house.
Not that this next event was in any way unusual, but the taxi driver started to chat. He asked me how my flight was and where I was traveling from. He was a particularly talkative fellow - made a bit challenging for me by my melancholy mood and the late hour of my arrival. I tried to be polite and keep the conversation going.
After the perfunctory "where are you from and how long are you here for" questions were out of the way - he asked me what I was doing in Peru. I'm not sure why I responded this way - perhaps it was because my mind hadn't kicked into Spanish yet, but I said, "I'm in Peru to start a movement." As the words escaped from my mouth I thought . . . oops, that is not such a great thing to say.
What he said next was priceless - "a movement, hmmmm . . . I like to think I am trying to build a movement myself. I think movements are best facilitated through relationships. If you are talking about a movement that is for all people and encourages everyone to find their path and fulfill their dreams - that's the type of movement I am trying to create in my life. I want everyone to know they matter. What type of movement are you creating my friend?"
I was a bit taken aback by his response; and, I had to pause just to catch-up with the translation in my head. He said everything I had been thinking, but didn't express. We went on to talk more about the work he was doing with his Church and I told him about HBI and our work. I told him about the HBI focus of building bridges and creating meaningful collaboration for underserved and marginalized populations.
We talked for the remainder of the ride and he went on to tell me that he felt one of the things missing in Peru was a movement that provides people meaningful ways to get involved. He said, "people need to be involved in things bigger than themselves."
When we arrived at the HBI office I thanked him for his work and encouraged him to stay in touch. His final words were the best - "we are both a part of the movement. This work can't be done alone. We need one another. I know we'll stay in touch my friend."
I arrived in Lima last night . . . and our movement is growing! Thanks for the support. Stay connected.
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