We're More The Same Than We Are Different
Back in the fall of 2018, I interviewed Souls4Soles CEO, Buddy Teaster, for a running podcast I was doing at the time. I'd Google stalked some of Buddy's story, discovered he was an ultra runner, and since I had aspirations of becoming an ultra runner myself, I thought he'd be a great interview.
Well I was right.
What Motivates You?
It was a 2-hour drive from the airport to the guesthouse where our Honduras team stayed. On that drive, taking everything in I could, two things became clear to me.
First and foremost, watching the late afternoon chapters of the Honduran people's lives roll along on the other side of the van windows, I knew I was witnessing the heart and soul of poverty. I have read about poverty, seen pictures of it, intellectually grasped it, but in that moment I could feel just how protected I'd been from everything I'd learned about it.
Serving the Poor
The Soles4Souls tagline is "wearing out poverty." I've been intrigued by it since the first time I heard it. To me, it acknowledges solving poverty isn't a drop and go proposition. It involves relentlessly showing up, lifting up, building up - it involves a passionate I believe you can do this and not the shallower I'm so sorry you're in this.
Do We All Have The Same Opportunities To Dream?
My wife is a photographer. I always say she takes pictures with a picture already in her head of what she wants to capture. Me - I pull the trigger on my camera with no earthly idea of what's about to be produced. I simply snap the shutter with hopes that if I snap it enough times, I'll capture something meaningful.
Over the last 4 articles, I've shared some of my thoughts about my trip to Honduras. I know those thoughts are incomplete. I've left stuff out maybe I should have included; more thoughts and reflections will undoubtedly hit me in the days and weeks ahead.
But as soon as possible after my trip, I wanted to capture my reflections. Definitely as a way of remembering, but more importantly, to help inform the life paths I choose going forward.