Conflict Transformation with SIT

 

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What does conflict mean to you?

As I sit here in the Fort Lauderdale airport I finally have some time to reflect back on what’s been happening in my life for the last three weeks. The three weeks that I discovered that Peacebuilding is a real field and there are humans at work day in and day out contributing their life to the good of humanity.

I took this image in April when I was unsure I would join the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures program at SIT. Another dream to be checked off the list! Write your dreams into existence :)

I took this image in April when I was unsure I would join the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures program at SIT. Another dream to be checked off the list! Write your dreams into existence 🙂

My roommate, Betty, is from Rwanda and she was a criminal judge during the Rwandan Genocide. I met three other friends from Rwanda as well. I have friends from Liberia who witnessed the Civil War go on for fourteen years while the whole world ignored their pain. Friends from Afghanistan who see violence on a daily basis… A friend from Tibet that is fighting against the cultural genocide against his people. I can list every single person that was in the program and it’s guaranteed that there is always something interesting new to discover. There were so many stories told. The beauty of it all was that barriers were broken down, we cried and we laughed. I feel so honored to have been in their presence- to have been in this program.

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Spontaneous trip around Washington DC. Feauturing the Washington Monument.

I have made so many new friends that can laugh like there’s no tomorrow, and be serious when it needs to be. For three weeks I was surrounded by hope, love, resilience, and heartbreak. People who let their layers be peeled and we were free and safe to be who we were.

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Jumping in front of the Washington Monument before the sunset. We all love taking pictures! 😬

I left my publishing contract job with Discovery Communications (a Fortune 500 company) and I can say I did the right thing. I’m on the right track towards where I need to be, and my heart is full.

It’s easy to be heartbroken by what is shown to us in the news, but if we focus on the things that do not hurt, and take action to transform conflict rather than sit back and watch the whole world destroy itself… Then maybe, we can give the future generations a better world than we have today.

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