My week of service learning in New Orleans is almost over. My mind focuses on my journey back to San Francisco. Last year it took me almost 24 hours as I was passed from airport to airport trying to get around the inclement weather that closed down much of the center of the country. I felt sorry for myself. I just wanted to get home to my dear family.
Only when I was back in the Bay Area and telling my stories from the week did I realize how absurd my feelings of wretchedness as I moved from dry, clean airport, to dry clean airport. Those I had gone to help faced a much worse journey and many are still traveling, whether physically or psychologically.
I would like to share a beautiful song that accompanies a beautiful video. Mary Chapin Carpenter has done an amazing job using music and visual to make a statement that stays with you.
Thank you, Mary.
Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/ and on Twitter (@alonshalevsf).