to-do and to-don’t

My list of to-dos feels like it is growing by the minute and the days until I leave are shrinking just as quickly- its down to ten.  I just shot off a list of more than 25 questions to Steve and Diantha in hopes that they can help me decipher what I should and should not put in my must-weigh-less-than-33-pound suitcase packed with everything I need for 6 weeks.  Thank goodness its hot in Africa!

As I check off and add to my to-do list (and yes, some of the things I add are already done, but who doesn’t get a slight high from the feeling of accomplishment that comes with checking that little box beside the task?), I am also compiling a mental “to-don’t” list for my time in Sudan.  There are many things that Westerners and Short-termers get a bad rap for and the last thing I want to do is more harm than good! So here begins my list…

  1. Don’t be a monkey
  2. Stay away from the weeds
  3. Don’t feed the bears

The story below will shed some light on the first to-don’t…

The Monkey and the Fish

A typhoon stranded a monkey on an island. In a protected place on the shore, while waiting for the raging waters to recede, he spotted a fish swimming against the current. It seemed to the monkey that the fish was struggling and needed assistance. Being of kind heart, the monkey resoved to help the fish.

At considerable risk to himself, the monkey moved far out on the precarious limb of a tree, reached down, and snatched the fish from the waters. Scurrying back to the safety of his shelter, he carefully laid the fish on dry ground. For a few moments, the fish showed excitement but soon settled into a peaceful rest.

– An eastern parable

Its something to think about..

🙂 elizabeth

3 thoughts on “to-do and to-don’t

  1. I liked the monkey parable. My real concern is about you making lists. As I recall you used to raze me about my lists. Take care because it has started already, that thing we all pray for from the time we’re 14. Lord- please don’t let me be like Mom :-))
    Love you,

  2. Love the “monkey”. You will do wonderful things, in kind and loving ways and only good will come from your efforts. The list is sort of a funny concept coming from the girl that flies by the seat of her pants…sorry…could not help myself.

    Love you Elizabeth,

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