From the Journal of St. Lucia Project Team 32: The Inspirational Rock Star

24 Feb

As part of our work on the St. Lucia Project with Global Volunteers we, as a team are keeping a journal. One member per day writes an inspirational message and a different person writes a longer journal entry recapping the previous day. Both are presented at our morning meeting. We have an incredibly small team — there are three of us and I guess the optimum size is 14.P1160797

I have been having a bit of difficulty putting how I feel about my days at the Primary School in Anse la Raye into words and sharing that all with you here. Processing the real life manifestations of a huge cultural differences and easing the cognitive dissonance caused by the gross inequities in the world are going a bit more slowly than I anticipated.  P1160829

My husband Dan has been an inspirational rock star. He is working with a group of young adults in the island’s equivalent of a last chance school. Each one faces serious academic challenges and, for the most part, are not equipped to go out into the world. Here is a piece of his journal entry for Thursday, recapping Wednesday, February 18.

“My message of the day yesterday was about never underestimating your ability to make someone else’s life better and not even knowing it, but how cool is it when you see something happen? A student came in and didn’t think I had anything to offer…. We chatted about day-to-day events and the topic of a job interview came up…. He’s never had one and could I help… and thus began our work.

Barb talked about a good day with lots of working and baby interaction. Ruth had a long day that ended with the knowledge that she did such a good job convincing the principal of her competence that he left her alone…all alone…oops maybe too good a job….”



It all sounds so routine and everyday but hidden between the lines is the fact that Dan might have changed the course of a young man’s life that day. Absolutely staggering….P1160807

I know the humbling daily lessons will continue and the words will come in their own time.

One day, and in some cases, one life changing moment at a time.


18 Responses to “From the Journal of St. Lucia Project Team 32: The Inspirational Rock Star”

  1. Lois Alter Mark February 24, 2015 at 4:38 am #

    You totally married an inspirational rock star — and luckily, so did Dan :)

    You two are going to change the world.

  2. Ruth February 24, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    We have very inspiring friends that keep us going as well Lois (and Michael)!

  3. Cathy Chester February 24, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    You two are so amazing and even the tiniest deed you do, something you might think hasn’t made a difference, will. Good deeds can never be wrong in what you are doing, and despite the inequities going on around you what you and Dan bring with you is something priceless – yourselves. It’s tough when you have a sensitive heart. But what love you are both sharing. Awesome.

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 12:29 am #

      What wonderful things to say Cathy and I am grateful. We are receiving every bit as much as we are giving so it all evens out in the end :)!

  4. Carol Cassara (@ccassara) February 24, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    I love the idea of a group journal … a great way to remind yourself of the impact of what you are doing. And to help us get a little bit of the experience, ourselves. It sounds awesome, Ruth.

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 12:30 am #

      Yes, it is a wonderful tool and one that I hope to use again! It would be even cooler if we were a larger group too. More perspectives :)!

  5. sherry Macdonald February 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    Wow! I would love to do something like this. The world needs more people like you and your husband. It doesn’t take long to make a difference. I also love your writing style.

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 12:32 am #

      Thank you so much Sherry! Honestly, check out Global Volunteers — we are on a 2 week trip that is really changing my perspective, day by day. The organization is so solid and the programs in place make it so people like you and I can make a difference even 2 weeks at a time.

  6. Kimba February 24, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    What a great way to gather the thoughts and efforts of the group – the group journal. Never doubt that you are making a difference every day.

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 12:33 am #

      Thank you for you good thoughts and yes, it is an amazing way to gather thoughts of many. I am seeing the world through other’s eyes and it is very cool.

  7. Helene Cohen Bludman February 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    I got chills reading your post. You and Dan are making a huge difference in the lives of those you meet. Blessings to you for spreading goodness throughout this region.

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 12:34 am #

      And blessings to you for giving me the perfect book to read on my way home :)! Sending love and light your way Helene!

  8. Cindy Fatleich February 24, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

    Ruth, how courageous. And what a gift it is to watch you change the world through the journals.

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 12:35 am #

      What a wonderful thing to say Cindy…thank you so much. I will find the right words to write about the tough things some day soon :)!!!

  9. Andi February 24, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

    It is so inspiring to read about the work you and Dan are doing and the huge difference you are making in the world with your time, heart and effort!

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 12:36 am #

      Thanks Andi! We are growing and changing and shifting each and every day.

  10. Lisha Fink February 25, 2015 at 1:17 am #

    You two are a rock duet! What a wonderful thing you are doing there, Ruth!

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 1:20 am #

      We were talking today about not knowing what you can do until you actually do it. Neither of us are teachers but here we are :)! Thank you for your kind words and thoughts Lisha!!!

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