So I’m in Haiti hanging out in the back of the Tap Tap having one of those moments that passed through my head more than once a day. It involved the F word and something like: How do people survive like this? I was becoming uncharacteristically outraged and vocal about it, when my bench-mate Chris Moretta began to talk me down off my limb.
I recognized Chris as a unique chick with a sensibility that I could immediately jive. I just really liked her straightforwardness; she called me out on my pseudo-liberal hypocrisy and set me straight on a lot of reasons as to why my sympathy really smacked of condecension. She told me a lot about herself and her own experiences in Haiti. In that Tap Tap at the end of the day, traveling through the devastated city of Port au Prince, I experienced an opening toward truly understanding how much I could be transformed by my relationship to this fierce and jaggedly beautiful country.
Chris has been an intern with the Foundation for Peace in Haiti for the last 6 months. She has been teaching English just outside Port au Prince; experiencing so much more than anyone could possibly imagine. She leaves Haiti this Friday and I am taking this opportunity to highlight her gracious and gentle heart by inviting you to take a look at her blog.
Everything is relational in life. And some things are so serendipitously relational that a connection is made and life transforms. I can’t guarantee such a dramatic shift if you click onto Chris’ blog. I can tell you that meeting her has changed my life, opened me up to the true beauty of Haiti and invited me to continue to expose myself to the fierce love and devotion I now feel to an unforgettable country and a completely remarkable people.
And now for my final Jerry Lewis telethon-like moment: Please click on the blog post, your life will be forever altered, blossoming you towards the expansive love of deep human connection. There’s absolutely nothing like it!
Thanks from the bottom of my big sloppy heart.