We have so much!

I just returned from the Sacred Valley in Peru, halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu. We stayed in a lovely guest facility called the Wilkka T’ika. While there, the owner, Carol told me of the children of the High Andes and her efforts to support them in having a school to attend and teachers to teach them (I guess the government dollars don’t go out beyond towns and villages). She said that many of the children, of all ages, walk at least two hours to school on an empty stomach because Mom and Dad are out working in the fields before they even get up. Carol’s non-profit supplies food that the teachers can easily cook and have available when the children arrive. She said they always eat everything, no matter what it is, and are so pleased to have something besides their main food source, potatoes (that’s what will grow at 16,000 feet altitude).

Man, I felt like such a picky eater after that. There were so many things I wouldn’t eat as a kid and I haven’t gotten all that much better as an adult.

Now, this isn’t a “Clean your plate because there are starving kids in Peru” message. Cleaning your plate wouldn’t help them. This is a “Count your blessings and be generous” message to myself and anyone who wants to join me.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama