It was like a scene from a movie. I had a difficult time opening my eyes. I knew I was waking up in a place that I never had before. I grabbed my phone, saw that it was just before 6 am and that my phone had less than 10% of it’s battery remaining. (“Nuts!” I thought, “my phone didn’t get charged.” ) I think it was actually the crow of a rooster just outside the open window that finally helped me shake out the cloudiness as I sat up in the bed. I rubbed my eyes and thought, “Where am I?” I looked around, realized where I was, and said out loud, “Oh yeah, I’m in Haiti. And I just moved my family here.”
Exactly two years ago today (August 17), my family and I awoke for the first time in Haiti. While my wife experienced that first night differently (checking on our kids multiple times while stepping over scurrying cockroaches and hearings sounds that she’d never experienced at night before), I actually slept very well that first night, once I finally fell asleep.
(The front gate to the house where my family and I awoke for the first time in Haiti. When we arrived the day before, the gate was locked and we had no idea how we were going to get in. We eventually did get in – thank God for Celine.)
The decision to move to Haiti was not that difficult, especially when since we were sure that we were called to do so. But living and working in Haiti was one of the most difficult, and yet most rewarding, things that I’ve ever done. While we did do what we were there to do (Hoops for Haiti), the impact that Haiti had on me has set me on a path in life that I could never had gotten to if it were not for living in Haiti.
Living and working in Haiti has set me on a path I could never have dreamed or imagined before. Sometimes I have to learn how to enjoy the impact of a negative situation or experience.
This website, and specifically this post, is more than just looking back and appreciating or enjoying Life’s journey. “Waking up in Haiti” is more than just a story I’m going to remember every August 17 for the rest of my life. “Waking up in Haiti” is about a personal, spiritual, emotional, relational, and work awakening.
I have experienced life in ways that I have never dreamed or imagined I would ever experience. Some of these experiences have been incredibly good, some have been incredibly gut-wrenching, when-will-it-stop difficult, and yet I have learned – or I am trying to learn – from each and every one of them…to help me be a better businessman, friend, husband, father. I don’t have all of my questions answered, but I am trying to enjoy the journey instead of constantly looking for The Station.
The human mind has an amazing ability to minimize the negative and maximize the positive. There are many days when I wish I was still living in Haiti. But, “for everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” I must continue to walk my righteous path. I’m not righteous, but the path is.