As part of the introductions, we were all given a question to answer. Mine asked me to name 5 places I'd like to visit. I guess I was so caught up in being in a place I never thought or dreamed I'd be in, that I could only think of 3. And for the life of me, now I can't even remember the 3 I said.
Sitting next to me was Raul Carrasco. Raul was our main Honduran trip leader. Raul was asked "what motivates you?" As I watched Raul, I could see him deeply considering his answer. I saw a look come over his face that I didn't understand at the time - but now I do.
Before I tell you Raul's answer, I need to tell you a little about him.
Raul grew up like many young men in Honduras. His life was defined by a broken family, violence and gangs. But one day a friend told Raul
"I'm motivated by the pain of my people."
But in many ways, I believe the Honduran people are closer than we are to discovering the key to life: life is about learning to navigate the path of pain, not discovering the road to prosperity. It's in that discovery that we come to rely on each other for common good, and not see each other as the competition for personal prosperity.