In a world where accomplishment and more are so sought after we often forget just how important the gift of time is. Just how much it means when we put ourselves fully into a project or moment with the direct interest of making it as good as we possibly can. It is one of the most important gifts that we can give to anyone and it certainly means more when we are fully in that time.
I could take this blog post in so many directions and currently have so many different things that I would like to write about and share. The number of incredible moments in my life in the last weeks doesn’t even seem real. I’ve seen so much of the good in humanity and nature so I’m feeling incredibly blessed. I have a feeling that a lot of people reading this might just be interested in how the mission wrapped up in Guatemala so the other topics will just have to wait a little.
I love watching people who know how to truly connect with people and make them feel so good and comfortable with themselves. They give me something to continue striving for. I am constantly impressed with how impactful just our action are during a mission with Operation Smile. I’ve seen kids change before my eyes with the amount of positive contact they receive during a mission. One week after a mission we follow up with our patients to make sure that everything is going well. Post op as we call it is truly a special time and one that l feel privileged to be a part of.
Well Guatemala was all smiles during our recent review. In fact I can’t even count the number of patients that came running up to our post op nurse (who happened to be dressed up as Minnie mouse) and how many smiles and thanks were shared. The vibe was incredible good and there were smiles all around.
Watching the patients interact with everyone and seeing how little rush there was to move patients through made my heart smile. After all we were here for the patients, and in the end it is a stressful time in a family’s life. I think this extra level of care and time truly makes the patients feel special and provides them an environment in which they can retain information. It makes my heart sing to think of the good times I have had a post-operative review and just how special it is to see the change that takes place after the fear of surgery has past.
There is no doubt that an incredible team of people gathered together in Guatemala and that the ripples of positivity spreading out from the last few weeks will go on to affect thousands of people. I am so honored to have been a part of this experience and constantly humbled by the greatness in so many people around me. Thank you to everyone who played a role in this special time. Take a look at the smiles that you left behind :).