When I agreed to attend an English Club Conference in Adzopé, I hadn't realized that I was agreeing to be the keynote speaker for a 300+ person event ... and didn't actually find out until I arrived.
Here, I don't find it as difficult to listen with the intent of learning rather than lecturing. Here, I don't find it as difficult to build bridges where there seem to be only ideological chasms. And above all, here, I don't find it as difficult to begin each interaction endeavoring to find the good in the other person, and understand their story.
There really is nothing like the antidote of smiling, singing, talking, and hysterically laughing with bright, enthusiastic, and ambitious young leaders to make you feel joyful about life! First day of classes are over, and I feel so incredibly blessed to be on this journey of cultural exchange with such wonderful human beings, and so, so excited to learn from and with these students.