A couple of weeks ago the kids from 8 grade performed a debate in Bhoti (Tibetan) about morality versus education, even though I don’t understand a word in Tibetan (and I doubt I can learn it) it was amazing to see them defending their ideas with such a security, confidence and fluency and -according the tibetan speakers told me- giving great arguments!
Also we have to consider that Bhoti is not their mother tongue, so, even more impressive (their first language is Mompa, but they are learning Bothi, Hindi and English).
It comes to my mind this beautiful and special aquatic flower that grows in wetlands … As many of you know, the Loto flower is the national symbol of India, but that is not my reason to think about it, but for what it means. Although play an important role for many cultures and has so much history and meanings like purity, fertility, beauty, abundance, the concept that most I like is the greek, based in a tale of a princess that goes to a place called Loto where she die sinking in the swamp but then after a big effort she manage to get out but like a beautiful flower. Means the victory after a tireless struggle against failure.
That is how I see each kid that had touched my soul, not just here in India but also in each place in poverty that I had visited, where the difficulties are not few, and even the most simple thing can be a big challenge, like brush your teeth or get a piece of bread or good water to drink…
But when you make it, after so much effort and dedication the satisfaction is huge!!
To know that these kids were taken from those wetlands, close to sink down there, without hope, struggling just to “survive” , learn their personal histories, see their first pictures and now see them bloom, smiling, learning, getting values, working and studying hard to be one day important people not just for themselves but also to help their community and in that way change the reality some time so unkind, so unfair.
From mud can emerge beauty as well, from mischance we can also learn and find wisdom and happiness, in complicated situations is also possible to find peace, I’m not saying that is easy, but with help always we can do it! …
“I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along”. Psalm 40:1-2.