Day 28: Joseph

I’m high-5ing with some kids and asking them their names while I wait in line outside the pay-way shop (where I give them money to add data to my SIM card so I can have more internet).

A man comes up to me, “Hello. Come support my shop. Come see what I have over here,” he says, sweeping his arm to indicate the shop next door.

I notice a twinge of annoyance that he’s interrupting my play with the kids and soliciting me, yet I say, “Ahh, that’s your shop? The one with those beautiful clothes?”

“Yes, it’s my shop,” he says with pride.

We talk for a few moments about his shop. Then he asks, “Where are you from?”

“America.”

“Oh, there are many disasters happening there right now. I am holding you all in my prayers.”

His sincerity coupled with the timing of our conversation melts my heart open. Any twinge of annoyance dissolves.

On the way to the shop I’d been reflecting on how I feel so far away from what is occurring in America, from the hurricanes to the fires to the politics and beyond, and so immersed in life here in Kampala, from the poverty to the inequality; the kindness and the generosity. With one simple heartfelt message, Joseph helped me bridge the gap inside myself.

So I’m taking a cue from Joseph, and extending a heartfelt message to you…

No matter who you are, where you are, or what you might be going through right now, know you’re not alone; there are kind, benevolent beings on this earth (some you know, like me  and some you might not even be aware of) that care about you and are wishing you the best. 

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