Capacity

east asia

east asia

Some snippets from our GBI interns’ recent time in East Asia:

During the six-hour drive, we passed through tunnels with completely different landscapes on the other end, soaked in epic mountain views, and saw our first yaks. We arrived at a small, ancient town where our host’s business has a branch office. After exploring a nearby national park (with self-calcifying waterfalls) and touring a monastery, we spent the night at a hotel in town, after a satisfying dinner of fried eggplant and rice.

monastery

monastery

Throughout the week, our host has discussed with us his core values and vision for his work here. He and his family strive to live without compartmentalization, where work and values and community are integrated and not separate. We have continued that conversation each day, and it has been very interesting to learn about our host’s life.

Capacity. This is the term that has defined my week. We talked about it with our host early on and he described it as a muscle, like something that needs to be stretched and grown and that we may never feel ready for the things ahead of us. As we have slept in a tent surrounded by yaks, began to learn a new culture, seen the victories and challenges of our host’s life and business,and witnessed life at one of the ends of the earth, I sense how I am being grown in my level of capacity. The people here are wonderful and I love experiencing a different place!

The trip has been fantastic. Food has been great, and people even better. I’ve especially enjoyed spending time with our host; the intentionality and integrity with which he and his family live life is at once appealing and challenging.

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