Principled (Nov. 2015)

Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

So you decide you want to make a difference in the world and connect to those you want to help in a land far, far away. You summon your courage, you make the plans, you say your goodbyes, endure the comments, (like, “I hope you come back and a tribe doesn’t kidnap you.”) and you board the plane with people you just met or know only slightly. Then you wait. Then, you fly. Then wait. Then fly. Then wait. This is the Catalina Island trip, Astro Camp, and Washington, DC on steroids. I sit on the third flight in 36 hours maneuvering my way around airplane food that contains more possibilities of having nuts than my family tree and wait for the ‘real’ adventure to begin. I think about our scholars going to China, Costa Rica, and Italy and wonder how they must have felt. Excited and nervous for sure, but I am in awe of how brave they were. So far my trip is nothing different than any Odyssey scholar that swallowed their trepidation and signed up for the adventure. It is a principled person that sees the goal in mind and works through the uncomfortable to reach the end result.   It takes a principled person to see a need and then to act on it. I am honored for the opportunity.