Monthly Archives: February 2014

WEEK 21 – Kids Perspective

Before I start this week’s blog I want to convey a heartfelt “Thank you” to my MKMMA brothers and sisters out there.  Thank you for your “Welcome back”s following my last trip and just general comments over the last several months.  I don’t know about you but your comments / encouraging words / virtual pats on the back are priceless.  They are like a bright ray of sunshine.  Sorry for being melodramatic but I just wanted you to know that especially when we live in a world where we don’t necessarily give a whole lot of positive feedback to each other.

Since returning from Guatemala I have been inseparable from my two kiddos.  I can’t spend enough time with them both.  I try to do as much as I can before they go to sleep every night.  Because they are spending more time with me they see more of this MKMMA “stuff” that Daddy is doing.  Over the last few months, they know daddy is doing some kind of course but I have not really expanded on what it is.  I just assumed that they wouldn’t understand.  Long story short – I ended telling them that the daddy is doing a course to help him become a better person.  They both asked if they can learn to be better people so they wouldn’t fight with each other so much.

I looked at them both and trying not to get emotional told them both they were perfect.  However, since they were curious I thought why not show them what this is all about.  So now both of them join me when I do some of exercise.  They also listen to the scrolls in the car (found them in audio form!).  Let ‘s see where this goes – I will keep you all posted on their progress.

This has got me thinking why isn’t this stuff taught in out schools.  A lot of problems in our society could be minimized or even eliminated if people knew their potential and how to achieve it in harmony with everyone else.  MKMMA for kids … interesting notion!

Signing off till next week – Adios!

WEEK 18-20 – That Which Truly Matters

Greetings to my fellow MKMMA brothers and sisters!  It is good to be back from the jungles of Guatemala.  Actually it is good and bad at the same time – more on this later.  For those of you new to my blog let me get you up to date.  Every February I travel with a mobile dental team that goes to Central America (mostly Guatemala) to provide free dentistry to children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to dental care.  Our travels plans are set months in advance – prior to my starting the MK program.  As a result I had a take a leave from “schooling” for the last 3 weeks.  Now that I am back I am trying to get caught up with my life as a dentist, father, husband, MKMMA’er, the list goes on.

Although this was my 7th trip to Guatemala I found my recovery this time the hardest.  I attribute this to the complexity of our North American lifestyle.  Life is so simple when I am down in Guatemala.  This year we traveled to a new site close to the east cost of Guatemala.  Of all the times I have been to Guatemala, I would say that this one was the most rewarding.  Our base camp was about 10 miles east of the town of Rio Dulce at a charity school called Ak’Tenamit.  Our lodging could be described as wooden tents with 4 bunks.  There was no power at the camp unless we ran our generator.  Typically we would run for about an hour prior to bed in order to charge various dental equipment.  Because of our remote location we also didn’t have access to Internet or mobile phone.  Talk about being ‘off grid’ … I loved it!!!!

The only problem was I couldn’t keep up with some of my MK tasks.  I was glad to be finally back so I could start to process of catching up but at another level I wish that I could keep my life as simple as it was.  It has been 2 weeks since I have been back – it seems like a lifetime ago that I was trekking through the rain forest.  In the last 14 days I have managed to get most of my life back on track and get caught up.  However now that I have tasted the simpler life I have started to trim the excess “fat” in my life.  I ask myself if “Exhibit A” from my life is in alignment with my DMP.  If no then it gets dropped.  In the past I was finding it hard to let go of things but not anymore!

This trip helped to show me “That which truly matters”  I am grateful to the rest of my team both at home and in Guatemala for helping support me and allowing me to do my little part in making the world a slightly better place.

(some pictures from Guatemala – Feb 2014)

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