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via IFTTT Gathering stories — Jinja “What is your passion?” Zach asked me with a heartfelt, shy smile, “what is it you love to do?”

“What is your passion?” Zach asked me with a heartfelt, shy smile, “what is it you love to do?”

Stunned again by this bilingual potato farmer who uses the “magical” power of Google to help his local corner of the world.

“This is what I love to do,” seemed like an inadequate answer. It was a morning of information sharing, of asking questions and problem solving together, of being a fly on the wall to three people discussing powerful, life altering simplicities. Watching as the history of technology unfolded in miniature: building from power (110 or 220?); to information sharing through voice to written to digital back to person to person; printing (ink or laser?); and old information gathering to new (gps, sms and pics or it didn’t happen). Our batteries died and memory cards filled as our appreciation for what these two gentlemen — true gentle men — wanted to accomplish in the most simple and humble ways.

I was reminded how difficult it is to appreciate another’s problem until you see if for yourself, especially if you have no point of reference. (read: I was reminded why I love travel) Questions were asked that I wouldn’t have thought to start from and they were just as interested in us as we are in them — true mutual learning and understanding. I even had my own moment of insight where I said to Zach, as he explained that he travels around by bicycle and google’s people’s problems, that basically he is a mobile librarian.

I have hours of video and 100’s of pictures to process but the power is out… so instead I sit to write and ponder Zach’s question: What is your passion, Jo? Simplistically: today, now, I am living it.

Thankful. Have I mentioned how thankful I am?

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