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A Little Reminder

Written by Lee Stoerzinger, CFP®

Recently, I was reflecting on the fact that it has been almost a decade since I was in the country of Haiti. This means my children are now pretty much adults. The time spent in Haiti personally changed the trajectory of my life. The things I saw and experienced there not only broadened my world but instilled a deep appreciation and thankfulness for all I have in my life. In fact, it moved me to publish a book, for gosh sakes. With that said, it’s amazing how, over time, we can fall back into the comforts we have and often forget those things which truly make us who we are.

What’s also interesting is how many new stories and opportunities there have been along the way which seem to build exactly on my life purpose, even though I could never have seen them at the time. As of late, I thought it might be interesting to share some of those stories which were so impactful, and let you seek out your own personal meaning in their messages. Here’s one such story…

It was the fourth day in Haiti, the first time I was ever down there. It was early in the morning and they brought Geraldine out to see us. She looked beautiful. There was some confusion and the workers thought she was going home with us that day - and so did Geraldine. Alas, it was a different child and a different family, and as it turned out, we would still have to wait another year. Geraldine’s hair was done very traditional and she had a hand-made dress on as her little blinking eyes looked up at us. She carried a “Bob the Builder” backpack which held two dresses, a pair of sandals, and the hair items we had given her. It was all she owned in the world, yet she didn’t even really own any of it. And what emotions could go through the mind of a seven-year-old child who thinks they are finally leaving to a far-off place with strangers called manman (“mother” in Creole) and papa, only to be told she must again wait?

What are your stories?

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