A Lesson From the Peace Corps: Celebrating Small Victories
One of my close friends, Natalie, is in the Peace Corps. She is located in Guanacaste, Colorado de Abangaresa, in Costa Rica. She has been active at her sight (post orientation) for about 2 months and updates via e-mail to her family and close friends. This week I received an e-mail from her and not only does it give you perspective to a vastly different culture and the poverty that exists around the world, but the last sentence in her e-mail struck a chord. I wanted to share it here*.
Ive been living at my ¨site¨ or in my community now for almost two months. It has been a really intense time of adjustment and changes…
I’ve gotten over the scorpion, cockroach, ANTS, mosquitoes and cleanliness issues, it all becomes normal after a while…though I should say my family is improving in the hygiene area and hydration.
Two things I love to do are drink water and wash my hands… like all Americans do I have decided. They (my host family) see me doing these things all the time. We use laundry detergent to wash clothes and to wash dishes. There is no sink in the bathroom so we brush our teeth, wash our face etc. in the sink in the back yard. I always go to the sink to dunk my hands in the laundry detergent after the bathroom and before I eat, they have all started to do this too– which I love! Watching my host mom hand pound corn tortillas after changing my host sisters’ diaper was painful for me to watch the first few weeks here! But now, they also all drink water because I drink almost 20 bottles a day.
In addition, people are also developing an interest in exercise! I run in the mornings here (when I wake up early enough before the heat!)and people see me and a few have asked if they could join me, and other people tell me they want to start exercising…so I am starting a raggaeton aerobics class!
In peace corps, and in life anywhere, it is all about celebrating the small victories I have realized. I cannot express that enough.
*Email was longer, but I took my favorite excerpts.
Do you remember to celebrate the small victories? If so, what can you celebrate today?