9 days, 90 hours, 3,400 miles, 6 countries, 12 borders
On Tuesday, May 19th, at roughly 6:00 p.m., Mark and I arrived in Jaco, Costa Rica. The Honda Passport was filled with rafting equipment, and supplies. Enduring one punctured front end tire, and 1 whole day in the mechanics shop due to a busted CV joint, the 13 foot trailer and the 14 foot, 6 person raft boat had made it. With plenty of time to contemplate, conversate, and repeat, a few simple questions kept popping up during our drive: “Why am I doing this? What am I doing exactly, and how the hell am I going to do it?” What reasons was I choosing to participate in and believe in? Answering these questions proved to be a hell of a challenge.
Why do you do what you do?
Earlier this year back in February, my close friend from World Wide Tours, Mark Fairchild, asked me if I was interested in driving to Jaco, Costa Rica from Denver. With a burst of excitement and hungry curiosity, I asked him why. Mark explained to me that he is in a position to finally fulfill a dream and passion: he wanted to move him and his family to Costa Rica to start a tour and rafting company. One of my immediate thoughts after was, “Well, of course I am in - if he actually goes through with it. Which he probably won’t, so I’m in the clear.” About a month later I was purchasing a one way ticket from the Juan Santa Maria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, to Denver, Colorado.
To Travel the Journey: Courage, Responsibility, Perspective, Values, Work
We had to be ready for anything at anytime. Our mission: Leave Denver, Colorado on May 11th (we would drive through New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, then Costa Rica) and arrive alive and unharmed in Jaco by Wednesday morning, May 20th. Mark's wife and 2 year old son would be landing in San Jose that evening, awaiting our pick-up.
The courage to travel into foreign countries anywhere is an invaluable resource. (Some of the countries we entered are not exactly known for their hospitality and safety).
The perspective you gain from watching different people in a different part of the world with a different set of beliefs, I believe, can fuel compassion, which then fuels action.
A different culture's values can teach you a lot about the values you as an individual hold to believe. The success of the countries we visited and the organizations and communities that thrived in these parts, is directly affected by the social and communal values held among the people who live and work there. The same goes for The PB Love Company - the value system we are operating under has a direct effect on the success and health of the entire company.
The work we are doing, is an extension of our own personalities, attitudes, and creativity. Our job is to do a good job (thanks Tony, from Work & Class) and to get done the work necessary to complete the job.
In any manufacturing of any product, especially food, there is a direct relationship with natural resources and how they are used (this is called natural capitol) The responsibility we have to these resources that inherently come along with food manufacturing is often ignored. Many food producers produce a product, package it, sell it to you, and then are done with you, and whatever is left over of the product (after you are done with it), mainly, the packaging. Then, you meet again once you have decided you to repeat the buying process. The PB Love Company works within a food philosophy that is in alignment with safe, and responsible food production.
Stay tuned for some exciting news on how The PB Love Company is taking the next step, and asking what happens to our jars after we sell them. We will also be highlighting each awesome ingredient in PB Love to show what makes it so delicious!
What happens after the work is done?
Hard work gives momentum to the rhythm of your life. You can lace that momentum with commitment, clarity, and confidence. Very special, and clear events will begin to happen that will then set off another, very special, and clear set of events that will (hopefully) continue to repeat itself over and over. Give priority to your body/mind, home, and the people you get to see everyday. Spend some time asking, and answering the questions that can tap into that pulse of momentum.
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