Monday, July 22, 2013

Dancing to the music of the future

Not too long ago, I received a plaque from someone whom I have worked closely with for the last two years, and whom I consider a friend.  The plaque reads “Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future; Faith is the courage to dance to it today.”  As I sit here, with less than a week until my YASC year begins, I hear this message louder than ever.

To me, hope is a powerful thing.  It is a promise of the good things to come.  When I hear the music of the future, it is a happy melody, even if it isn’t a simple one.  I look at my year to come and hear a complex melody with interwoven harmonies and a strong African drumbeat giving it life.  I hear it coming not from a concert hall, but from homes, churches, and schools around the world.  There are voices joining in; voices of children, parents, friends, and strangers all lending their stories to shape mine.

I do not worry about the things I hope for.  Worrying about them makes them feel wrong, like an overdue task that’s uncompleted or waking up just before the alarm goes off.  Instead, I look forward to them.  I hope for the culture and sights I will see on my 8 hour bus ride from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma rather than worrying about only one bathroom stop and being the only one on the bus not speaking Swahili.  I hope for a school filled with teachers all as eager to teach as I am and students who really enjoy learning.  I hope for experiences that will allow me to grow as a person and will stretch my faith and make it stronger and deeper.  I also hope for my fellow YASCers, that their years will take the amazing people each of them are and fill them up with great things.

All of this, however, takes faith, which is not as easy to have as hope.  Faith IS courage.  It takes a certain amount of bravery to make all of this happen.  I know that it would be much easier to stay at home and continue down the path I am on.  Easier, but not better.  Without faith, it is impossible to act and without acting, it is impossible to grow. 

On Friday morning, I will do something that, for me, will take a great act of faith.  I will say goodbye to my family, friends, and the life I know, step on an airplane, and leave it all behind for a year.  I will act in a way that leads me toward the things I hope for.  I am glad to have you joining me in this journey!  Faith is not something intended to be handled alone.  When shared, it grows stronger, like the shared light of a candle.  Plus, it is easier to dance with a partner.


  1. Dearest Di,
    As I sit here reading this post, I am reminded of your spirit! You are courageous and strong! I am so proud of you! We will all miss you TONS, but know that you are meant to be taking this path that you were chosen for! You are amazing! I cannot wait to read about your adventures through all the stops you make during your year. My friend, you are bold, compassionate, caring, and wonderful. So many people will be blessed by your presence and from your teaching! All my love and prayers to you during your time away from home. I will give your mom lots of hugs every day (Gabe to if he will let me!). Not a day will go by that I will not think of you and what you will be or are doing! Will miss you, Di! All of my love, hugs, and prayers to you!! Take lots of pictures!!
    Carrie :)
    P.S. Hearts follow you!!

  2. Heidi - this is so eloquently and beautifully written. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and perspectives - they remind me that it doesn't have to be hard to be courageous : ) I'm so glad we get to be partners in this together!

    - Hannah