Friday November 9, 2018

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up.

Today was our last day teaching the monks. We had three classes to teach today and they all did pretty well while we focused on common phrases that they would need if they visited an English speaking country. We went over phrases like, “can you please help me?”, “where is the ________?”, “what time is it?”, and “please” and “thank you”. They did pretty well, but as usual, it is difficult to get them to speak. I did not sleep much last night and I was completely exhausted. Thankfully Jeff came to the rescue and took over when I was really struggling. I am so grateful for his recognition of my struggles and his willingness to step in and cover for me. We (actually Jeff) finished out the teaching while I helped our kids with their lessons, then we said goodbye to the monks and got a few pictures.

We got home from teaching at the temple and the kids were all done with their schoolwork for the day, they even got ahead a bit with some extra work during our afternoon at the temple. It was awesome, when we got home from teaching their were done for the day and we just got relax. Wat, our host, took us out to dinner in Wiang Sa and it was wonderful. It was a very nice family restaurant. The only downside was that Lucia started complaining that her stomach was hurting and when I took her to the bathroom we realized that she is suffering from Traveller’s Diarrhea.

Otherwise, the day was pretty routine. There is not much I can say about the scripture, as I don’t have any anxiety right now., nor have I felt any recently. I am feeling very calm about my situation and my life, but I fully agree with the scripture, good words can surely cheer you right up when you are feeling low. Anxiety truly does weigh us down and makes our life really hard to get through each day and I feel blessed to not have this as a daily struggle like so many people around the world. There are so many people who are burdened with anxiety and it makes me wonder, if we started to say kind words to the people we come into contact with each, could we help to alleviate anxiety for our world? If we all spoke kinds words to the person in front of us at Starbucks, to the cashier at Target, to the mother struggling with her children at the store, or to the next person you see on the street, would this world be less anxious and more content? This reminds me of the movie Pay It Forward, where one kid does a nice/kind thing for 5 people and the only thing he asks for in return is that they do 5 nice things for 5 new people. Maybe if we all just took a few moments to make someone’s day a bit brighter our world would be a much better place.

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