In the immediate sense, this arrival signifies the sad termination of a program that has meant the world to me. But, truthfully our long-awaited homecoming signifies nothing more than a new cycle coming into fold. It is a time when we can reflect upon the new sensations and philosophies we discovered during Servicio's five weeks. Even more, it is a time for us to apply these new principles to our own lives and search for even more insight.
Today, we find ourselves in transition: South to North America, plátano to banana, and even a premature switch from Spanish to English. The curiosity that hides in this transition, however, is that it is far more persistent than we assume. Returning with nothing more than mosquito bites from Ecuador seems a defeated obstacle, but it is fallacious. As many begin now to speak of the apprehension they hold for the next great transition in life (speaking here of the inevitable transition to DPU during Orientation), I fear that they might forget the awesome effect this program has made in our lives and our minds. Humbly, I can only hope that this transition back to an American culture we share takes a lifetime. I hope there is often reflection of what we have sensed and discussed during our time in Ecuador and Greencastle. Speaking for myself, I can promise that this is no experience I'll soon forget: I left Ecuador with a tear for Quito's Virgin and and an ambitious goal to apply my new found Servicio knowledge to every present moment of my stateside life.
I told you it was an ambitious goal, right?