Monday, July 22, 2013

A Lesson In Trust

When I was in Honduras, I saw many amazing things.  One thing that really struck me was the level of trust.  I saw this mostly in the country.  As you're driving along country roads, it's not unusual to see cows, horses and chickens just roaming around freely.  Now these aren't wild animals.  They belong to someone.  But most of them aren't fenced in.  They're allowed to roam freely to find food.  Talk about "free range".  It was interesting and amazing to me.  You had to drive cautiously because in the blink of an eye a hen, chick, cow or horse could decide that "the grass was greener on the other side" and just amble across the road.

It struck me how trusting the people must be.  They didn't seem to be at all concerned that someone might steel their animals.  They also didn't seem to be worried that the animals would wander off too far and they wouldn't find them.  It was so different than what I'm used to seeing here in the states.  Here we seem to live in such fear.  We sit behind locked doors and worry that someone might want to harm us or take what is ours.  Unfortunately, our fear is probably justified.

Honduras is considered to be a third world country.  They're striving to be more like us.  In some ways that's probably a good thing, but in many ways I think we should be striving to be more like them.  We should be trying to be more trusting and more trust worthy.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to unlock our doors and welcome people in?  Or to unlock our doors and go out to meet the world?  I think that we, as Americans, have a lot to learn from other cultures.  In Honduras I learned a lesson in trust.

Love,  Paula

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