What did you bring back this summer?

3 October 2017

What did you bring back this summer?

At the end of their personal development expedition to India this summer, our Expedition Leader asked the team members the following question:

What do you bring back with you from the land, the people, the group and yourself?

Here are some of the answers they gave:

The power of generosity and how it can unite us

That it’s more important to appreciate where you are and what you have.

I have seen that what connects us is community – it’s universal.

Materialism does not bring about happiness, it comes from within.

I have learnt to acknowledge my surroundings and to step back from the busy-ness of things 

I see that all the time on social media is wasted – so much is happening here and now and I don’t want to miss it.

I feel more aware of others, of others’ feelings and am able to care more than I thought.

I see determination to be happy with what you have. A power that is so clear in the people here. These people are the happiest people I have ever seen.

I have and take with me how important it is to look at and appreciate your surroundings. I realise that I am deeply affected by my surroundings, way more than I thought.

I have learnt that I don’t need to worry as much – that I don’t have to do it all.

I didn’t realise how important this group would become to me. I didn’t realise what it would be to share this experience.

I have learnt that stuff doesn’t make you happy – in fact I think it has a negative impact on our lives and lifestyle in the UK. It has shown me less is more.

I’ve learnt how massive the world actually is. I have learnt that we need to look after the world more. I want to be part of making it better. 

I’ve developed skills to talk to people and not to be afraid to talk to people. I feel more independent. 

I have learnt about determination and teamwork.  Every day at the project I watched as people worked together. You don’t need much, but you need each other.

I have learnt that I am a lot better at trusting and talking to others and my confidence has grown so much.

I have felt happiness and gratitude and have not needed anything. I have experienced how calming it is – I haven’t felt bored, I feel relaxed. I feel I have found a different mind-set.

I have realised that I can do things for myself.  I took things for granted letting others do things for me. But I see now that If I put myself to something, I can do it.

It is amazing how welcoming strangers have been. In the homestays opening their houses to us made me feel so safe and was a wonderful way to get to know them. I have learnt not to be too scared.

I have learnt that language barriers are not important, you can connect with people anywhere. 

I have learnt how fast the world is changing.

I have found the entire trip a massive hub of learning about respect, appreciation, kindness. I have seen how amazing the world really is.