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What Afghanistan Taught Me, Again (Part I)

Saturday, May 12, 2012 by Marianne Elliott

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Interviewing a Department of Agriculture official in Bamyan

When I sent this photo to my sweetheart, he wrote back: “I think you may have found your calling.” And I think he might be right. I learned a lot over the past three weeks, most of it not for the first time. I was reminded, for example, how much I love having an excuse to interview people.

But maybe more than anything else, these past two weeks in Afghanistan taught me (again) just how little I can control and how much even that little bit matters.

Be kind.

Be patient.

Be brave.

That much, at least, was in my control.

I wasn’t always able to be all those things. But when I was, I knew it mattered.


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6 Responses to "What Afghanistan Taught Me, Again (Part I)"

  1. amy denmeade says:

    fabulous photo! i look forward to hearing some of the stories you collected on your travels.

  2. Joy says:

    What your words reflect to me today is that one may always return. All of these lessons about a closed door (and I understand); however, in flow barriers do not exist. We do not need to fear the past, for it is *now* and we may learn much when we open our heart to revisit.

  3. Swirly says:

    You are always those things, no matter where you are, no matter what you’re doing.

  4. Clare says:

    Might there be a podcast or video interview series in the pipeline? I’d certainly be a keen audience member! 🙂

  5. gracevill says:

    I really like this particular post. Thank you. You/your blog have been a source of inspiration for this girl who’s also into development work, and passionate about social justice. Peace!

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