I’m not sure how to answer this question. I’ve thought about it a lot, and I’ve started this blog at least three times. I’m not sure in what context I should answer this question. Where am I, in a personal context? A spiritual context? Or in the context of this class? I’ll just cover it all a bit.
Well, in the context of this class, I’d say I’m pretty much where I was, except with a slightly different perspective. Nobody can travel to a different city without experiencing some kind of shift in their point of view. And nobody can experience a totally new program like Summit without thinking long and hard about their place in the world. I think I’m thinking more critically and more globally. I can take what I hear and apply it to the world. Like, for instance, Pope Francis’s letter from last week. His letter had huge ramifications for the Catholic community, and I understood the letter not just in a local context, but also on a global scale. How will this letter affect the Russian Catholic community, which is traditionally stricter?
What kind of changes will this letter spark in America, where the adherence to some rules differs on location? Will this letter affect anything at all? I started asking questions that connected more global issues to the things I was seeing around me.
Spiritually and personally, I’ve definitely grown a lot. I’ve learned to accept myself as a leader and I’ve grown more comfortable in my skin. I’m able to connect to the people around me better, and I’m more focused on my goals. I am able to pinpoint the characteristics that I want to incorporate into my personality and work on adopting the habits of a good person. I think interacting with new people in a totally new setting, and experiencing scary things with them helped me accomplish that in a very interesting way. But I also think I still have a long way to go. This year has been extremely intense, and I’m still struggling to recuperate. So, with that in mind, I’d like to think I’m a lot like the rose in the picture above: broken, but beautiful.
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