Saturday, November 06, 2004

Some News is Good News

Good news: My recruiter called today!

Bad news: I was in a meeting.

Good news: She left a message with some info, and said I should call her back before 3:30 to get the whole scoop -- otherwise I could call on Monday.

Bad news: My meeting lasted until 4:00...

My recruiter has found a potential gig for me in Africa, leaving mid-November 2005 -- it's getting exciting!

PS: The nomination date has been moved back again.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Calm Excitement

I am waiting with calm excitement for tomorrow.

Tomorrow, there is a good chance my recruiter will send me information on one or more gigs. If I receive the info, I know I will immediately want to begin researching the potential gigs.

As soon as I have the information, I will post it to this site!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

One Moment Please

Every moment before, every decision, every action, reaction, and dream has led me to this moment and helped determine who I am right now.

Every moment after will be built upon what I do next.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Ties that Bind

I've been thinking lot about the ties between culture and values. For the past few days, I have been google-ing through the web for some insight. Tonight, I was surprised to see the word “values” used in a definition of culture:

    "Culture is a group which shapes a person's values and identity." (source)

For most of my life, I have not paid much attention to where my values came from -- they kinda were just there. When I did think about them, I mostly attributed them to who I was; not tied in any way to my culture.

This definition makes me wonder even more what will happen as I am immersed in a new culture. It also helps me explain some of the changes I am undergoing as I begin to identify myself with a different group -- values are not as immutable as I have thought.

The same article had an statement that nailed a feeling I have, but previously could not easily put into words:

    "Often people of the mainstream America, the Anglo culture, perceive their behavior and beliefs as an ultimate norm, forgetting that Anglo culture is just one of the multiple cultures..."

I feel very sad when people view the rest of the world as wrong because the rest of the world does not have normal values.