Monday, March 7, 2011

Sabodala Village

On the surface, it is what I would have imagined it to be.
No electricity or running water.
No 2,500 sq ft homes.
No a/c.
No cars.
No 52" HD LCDs.
No cable TV.
No 3D Imax mega movies.
No ipods, ipads, iphones.
No bmw, versace, abercrombe or apple.
No designer shoes.
No designer anything.
No facebook or twitter.
No internet.
Not a whole lot by western standards.
They live in grass, straw and mud huts.
Not what a westerner would consider livable.
The morning communal meeting area?
The water supply station.
Where the women fill their pots.
Yet everywhere I walked, there were smiling faces.
And giggling children.
A different world.
A different pace.
Not inferior.
Their life, I would wager, is as much, if not more fulfilling than my own.
It is here, we could all learn a lesson.
I have for sure.
On what is truly of value.
What is key in life.
Key to happiness.
To fulfillment.
Sabodala Village

By the way, I've rearranged my Travel gallery to include both trips and destinations.


basketballgirl said...

Aww no cars that is a bummer great blog by the way keep up the good work!!

G.O.A. said...

Congratulations, it's amazing how the pictures depict the joy of these people, we have created requirements that did not need ...

Haja said...

WOW!! Very strong lesson indeed...

Megan Jolynn said...

i just happened to stumble upon this blog. wonderful post. my family is currently sponsering two children in third world countries and as i was writing them each a letter yesterday. i couldn't help but feeling completely ignorant. i automatically assumed that they had TERRIBLE lives; i'm sure this is so far from the fact and is such an ignorant assumption.

AliasFindingNemo said...

I am a Nigerian from the Igbo tribe, an indigen of Orlu and a daughter of Nkume land. Your words resonate within me...reminding me of my people and the lives we lead. Suffering but smiling, lacking but sharing, a different kind of happiness. Thank you.

Ryan Dilmore said...

So much Life! Beautiful photos!