“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
Master Oogway (Kung Fu Panda)
Each day we live is an opportunity to enjoy, learn and discover new experiences that shape who we are. Guanaja, Honduras has provided an innumerable amount of priceless adventures that I will remember as long as I live.
From getting lost in the mountains to catching my first fish I have learned life lessons from every event on this trip. The most recent and perhaps most striking lesson learned was one that Steve stressed all trip but one that I did not fully understand till I caught my first fish today. All trip Steve told us that one of the main objectives of the trip was to guide and not be guided and to learn to become leaders instead of depending on others to tell you where to go. After I reeled in my first fish today and we released it into the water, I had a bit of an epiphany.
Darren told me to gently guide the fish then slowly release it as it became strong enough to swim. As I was walking back to the boat I realized that what I had just done to the fish Steve was doing with us during our time here. He was guiding us to become leaders and men of character equipped with the knowledge necessary to become fishers of men. As fishers of men it is our duty to lead, serve, and sacrifice for those who need it the most.
Reflecting on everything I have learned thus far, I notice that all of it has been learned through simply seizing every day that God has gracefully gifted me with. While not in Guanaja it is very easy to become caught up in the worries of today, tomorrow or yesterday. But remembering each day we live is a gift given by God allows one to appreciate the smaller things.
As I leave the island tomorrow I will not be dismal but rather joyful because I have been blessed with priceless experiences that I can share with others and hopefully affect their lives in a positive way. Guanaja and its people have bestowed upon me more life lessons and spiritual experiences than anything else could possible have. As I move forward in my life the assortment of lessons and experiences provided by Guanaja and its people will never be forgotten.
Live life, get lost and Carpe Diem.