PATIENCE: The story of Global Villager 76 from Sudan
Jun 18, 2012 - 9:39:23 PM
GLOBAL VILLAGER 76 – PATIENCE
Boy aged 11 from Karima, Sudan. Sunni Muslim, lives in poverty and is undernourished, speaks Kenuzi-Dongola
A boy sits on a rock near the old pyramids at El Kurru. Although his hands are folded he feels inwardly restless. The sun, a perfect tangerine orb, sinks slowly towards the horizon, but the boy gazes with sullen indifference across the desert. The beggar behind him, stumbling through the sand on one leg, fails to gain his attention. He is restless, with nothing to do. Sometimes he has fantastic visions of himself living in a large house with enough to eat every day. This vision drives him to accost a wealthy man traveling through Karima, offering his services. The man laughs, calling him an impatient ignorant boy with nothing to offer.
Desperate for food, the boy sits on the rock and cries. Again, the one-legged beggar passes him, moving forward with infinite patience and determination. The boy suddenly stops crying and watches how the beggar approaches other people, slowly and graciously, exchanging nods here and there, and offering words of wisdom for a bite of food.
The boy’s senses are suddenly sharpened in a way he has never felt before: intensely aware of his surroundings, he wonders at the vastness of the desert, the millions of grains of sand, and he feels compassion for the one-legged man. Now he is alert to the present and curious about the past, about the people who actually lived in the pyramids so long ago. He knows intuitively that everything around him has some connection to himself, and his feeling of empathy goes beyond the usual, strong tribal bonds which have so far encouraged competition with fellow tribes.
During the day the boy develops a certain methodical slowness and a curiosity for learning new trades and acquiring information. Building up his skills and knowledge in this gradual way, he is eventually in a position to offer his services to a family. His patient step-by step approach enables him to realise his dream of living in a house with adequate meals
At dusk he takes delight in the music a stringed instrument, played by a musician at the pyramids. Waiting for the sun to set turns into holy evening ritual which fills him with appreciation and gratitude. The beauty of the darkening sky pours peace into his soul as he rolls down the enormous soft sand hills on his way home.
In what way are your senses ‘dulled’?
Could you be more attentive to others?
What if you offered someone your help?
Can you see the world in a grain of sand?
Does your inability to set a large goal lie in the failure to see that it consists of many small steps?
Given that any dream can be achieved by a gradual step-by-step approach, what will you do next?
What would change in the world if no-one had anything to fear from others, and if no-one regarded anyone else as competition?
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