Seeing What's in Front of You
The deeper you dive
into the LWW world
of clean water for all God's children,
the more your focus changes.
In the beginning, when your blueprint
for mission is formless -
or at least, loosely formed and blank -
things like trips, and budgets, and timetables
scroll across the screen like ducks
at a carnival shooting gallery;
and you want to get them
in a row, if not finish them off,
so you can cross a finish line.
Once you've ventured beyond
the paper and numbers,
you find yourself face to face with partners;
people with hopes, dreams, and needs;
you begin to see similarities
far outreaching differences.
These companions are tethered
to plans and dreams with you;
both of you, focused
on improving a community's future,
one batch of filtered water at a time.
It's usually not until you return
for reunions that your mind slows down
long enough to let you see what's been
in front of your heart all along:
children and families
in their homes and everyday lives,
doing a lot of the same things
you do in yours; only now,
because you're woven together
by water, time spent, and stories shared,
their dreams are raised
to levels you've always taken for granted.
Now, you see how
you've all been transformed -
by trips, budgets, partners,
and water, to be sure -
but on more visceral and spiritual levels,
by the faces, narratives, and dreams
now freely flowing through homes
and communities across the globe.
© 2017 Todd Jenkins