after quite some time this is my first post so it will cover quite a number of different things.
Last September I decided to go visit a friend in Halibut Cove, Alaska who works there as a carpenter building docks and doing all sorts of timber-work. I asked him wether I could come and see what he is doing and give him a hand to get some more real life outdoor work experience.
Some years ago I decided to add physical outdoor work to my desk-job as graphic designer to improve spiritually and become stronger as well as more balanced.
My friend was happy I wanted to visit so we met and had a great time. We would live in a private floating home of one of his friends who was currently on vacation. A very impressive small self-built home moving up and down with the enormous tides each day – which I learned are among the 5 strongest tides in the world. It was such a wonderful and peaceful experience being among loving and strong people who mostly live a much more natural life than most city-people. Walking or kayaking to the worksite or even just living in this kind of environment automatically makes you stronger because everything requires efforts much higher than what we are used to.
My main lessons in Alaska were that hard work and natural surrounding and living conditions contribute to progress in life and that a strong and loving community makes any governmental regulation obsolete.
While being there me and my friend decided to go to Pisco, Peru to do humanitarian work. We discovered an organization named “Pisco Sin Fronteras” and soon applied to volunteer as Disaster Relief workers.
After a short visit to family in Missouri and an overnight stay in Miami we reached the busy streets of Lima, Peru.
After we had heard so many negative things about Peru and South-America in general regarding safety, etc. I was really surprised by the very warm and open-hearted feeling I had from people and atmosphere.
One night in Lima needed to be enough to continue down the coast to our destination, Pisco.
Passing through desert-like areas we finally arrived in the little city of Pisco which was hit by an 8+ magnitude earthquake some time back but still needed rebuilding and help.
We would usually have a morning meeting and sign up for one of the various rebuilding or development jobs that were to be done that day and leave our headquarter early after collecting necessary tools. Projects ranged from building shacks for families to building a large school or giving English classes to local people.
Every day was filled with demanding work and usually there was a broad sense of appreciation among Peruvians for the work we were doing.
To sum it up I would say that I learned that common efforts of strong loving people for a worthy cause can overcome any obstacle and transform lives.
Then my father had a heart attack and passed away shortly after and I left Peru to come and be with my family.
I understand now even more than ever before that everything is possible if we strive for perfection in love and strength and stand together to change this world for the better. There is hope for each and every lost one and an endless number of loving solutions for every problem we encounter. All it requires is a sincere YES in our hearts and minds rather than a doubtful MAYBE or a fearful NO – because it is all in our hands.