Bon Voyage: Another Crew Leaves for Peru

I just simply can’t believe it! Another Peru Crew is leaving this morning for Lima. How on earth the time passed so quickly since my own trip in January I can’t possibly tell you. But I wish the new crew all good luck.

Recently, when cleaning out my cell phone of old pixs, I came across this one that I took on the way down to South America:

I recall — so clearly as if it were an hour ago — the feelings of nervousness, eager anticipation, and fear that swirled inside me. I sat next to an undergrad student, K., who very kindly kept me good company on the long flight. And today I am going to K’s family’s house to celebrate her graduation. She earned the highest grade point average in civil engineering in her cadre of students and won a lovely award.

The Village Empowerment (Peru) Project seems to attract such high-quality students regularly. Perhaps being wicked smart leads one to be altruistic…. Do you think there’s any connection between intelligence and kindness? Obviously we can’t generalize too much. I’d be interested to hear what people think on this topic, though. šŸ™‚


2 Responses

  1. I definately feel kindness and is closely linked with intellegence. Unkind people are basically reactionary. They are reacting on a negative emotion or chemical reaction in their brain. It takes intelligence to decide not to follow that course and think of a positive way to handle any situation or emotion.

    Miss Prinny

  2. That’s an interesting way to see it. People’s unkindness stemming from reacting rather than thinking…. Yeh, that makes sense.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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