I'm sitting in the Atlanta airport on my way back to Portland. These past two weeks have flown by. Its hard to believe I sat in this exact chair two weeks ago with great anticipation and excitement for the project that lay ahead. Now, on the other side of this great experience, I can honestly say this past two weeks has been one of the most important periods of growth for me as the Executive Director and Founder of Health Bridges International.
I am a big believer in continuously seeking a new perspective. I know for a fact that when I am open to radically exploring new ways of looking at my life and the events that make up our work, I grow in ways that I could never have imagined. This past two weeks has been just that - an adventure in perspective.
I've learned so much about the work we are doing through the vantage of the documentarians who are helping us to tell our story. Two nights ago, at a small "wrap party" (never thought I'd type those words) for the crew, one of the documentarians made a small speech - summarizing his experience over the two weeks of the project. He said, in very eloquent words, that he (and his partner documentarian) were struggling to understand how [they] were going to tell the story of HBI. He said, "in all honesty - I wasn't really sure what you [HBI] do." He went on to say - "then I came on this trip and we started to unfold the story of HBI. It was then that I truly understood the who and why of HBI. You are doing so much more than I or I think anyone knows or could possibly imagine."
His partner then chimed in and stated, "I feel super confident that we will use this documentary to tell the powerful story of HBI - because you are doing amazing work in the world."
It has been so humbling to have this opportunity. An opportunity to see the work (and world) of HBI through unique perspectives. I know that I have grown tremendously in my role as the Executive Director. And, I know that I have gained a new understanding of the oportunities that lay before us.
I am so excited for the future.
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