Monday, May 01, 2006

into one aeroport; out another.....

akwaaba means welcome in Twi, and i thought i'd begin the first thing i ever wrote in here with that word.
it carries so much meaning. welcome. have you come, are you well? what intentions do you bring? what hopes and aspirations and dreams do you have? and as you stand on the doormat holding your fist an inch from the door, heart racing, thinking about everything, and nothing - you read that word, welcome.

these last few days have been frenetic, intense days and nights thinking, breathing, living the ideas, solutions and challenges surrounding development. often i thought of knocking on that door, standing on that doorstep, and i just couldn't do it.

but this afternoon, in a particularly intense discussion about what the meaning of "development" really is to people, talking with some of the 24 fantastic and brilliant people i have met in the last 2 days, i realised.. it begins now. my hand is on the doorknob, and my heart is open, and i know i am entering the home of friends. i know that when i step in, i will be taken by the intense tropical heat, that intagible smell of people and dust and market and far away ocean and underneath everything the heavy organic decay of leaves crushed underfoot. i know that i will try to enable the people i work with to live the the lives that they hope for and value; and my knowledge stops there. and none of it, i'm altogether absolutely sure of -
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- i know that i am entering the home of friends.
akwaaba, it begins.
-apoorva

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