A Year

By Suman Singh

I am sitting here, looking out the window of my bedroom.  It is snowing a little.  The view looks particularly stunning – there is a lot more water in the waterfall now as the snow is melting.  The white streaks look like they are smiling at me.

Above all, I am thinking about you guys.  I am thinking about the time we spent together.  The joyful moments and, of course, lots of laughter and adventures.  I am thinking about the lessons we learned for life.

Now and then I can’t do anything but miss you guys.  I have a hard time thinking then.  Then today I realized that it is only a matter of a year.  In just one year we will see each other again and the experience will be even greater.  Each year this bond gets stronger.


 

We got back from Delhi just a few days ago.  I finally had the chance to spend some time at home and to run around the village visiting everyone.  Everyone I saw had only one question – how are the kids doing?  How is everyone?  Everyone was asking me – not just the host families but the entire village.  I kept thinking how crazy it is that these people are so eager to know how you are, how is your life going.  All I can say is that it is clear how much people appreciate the respect you showed to the village and how our connections are just getting deeper and deeper.


 

Meeting up with you guys in the Delhi airport, it was so hard for me to remember names and put them with faces.  So many of you were coming to India for the first time.  Now I am missing those same faces and being called Suman-ji from every single corner of this small world – with such sweet accents!

It is such a proud moment for me.  I realize what it means to be a brother and a friend amongst you guys!  I am really hopeful right now.  I hope that the trip will lead you toward the right path in life.  I am hopeful that it will challenge you and give you the strength to fight!


 

How deep are the relationships we all make with each other?  It’s always hard for me to hide my tears at the end when I am saying goodbye to each of you.  But I have to do it to show you all how strong I am.  Well, really, just to show you all how strong this bond is and how strong next year will be!

It is just a matter of a year.  Soon I will be seeing many of you again!

8 thoughts on “A Year

  1. My tears are full of gratitude. You, my friend, are a ray of light that bathes all within the radius of your smile in love, kindness, humor, wisdom, patience, and respect. How grateful I am as a parent that my son was so fortunate to spend time 2 years ago with you and experience the life changing magic of Agora. Thank you just seems too simple.

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  2. I am sitting on my couch filled with joy and tears from reading this Suman! Not a day has gone by without me thinking of you and the village. I cannot believe it has been just a month since CCS left for your beautiful country. A trip that has changed me in so many ways and one that I will never forget. I can’t wait to come back! Only 11 more months!

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  3. In the truest sense….
    Suman ji,
    Kind bridge
    Noble connecter to food and community
    Thoughtful, wise mentor
    Spiritual, responsible, local to global citizen
    Humble, fun, proud competitor
    Selfless, skilled, strong, Himalayan renaissance man
    We are so lucky to have you as a friend!

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  4. This is so beautiful Suman-ji! A year ago I met you and since then I have seen the world differently. You have impacted so many lives of those here at Christchurch. Everyday I miss your magical home of Agora and one day I hope that I will be able to return. dhanyavaad Suman!

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  5. This is so beautiful Suman-ji! A year ago I met you and since then I have seen the world differently. You have impacted so many lives of those here at Christchurch. Everyday I miss your magical home of Agora and one day I hope that I will be able to return. dhanyavaad Suman!

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  6. Ah, Suman-ji….In my mind’s eye, I can picture you as you wrote this beautiful post and I can feel the emotions you are sharing. You personify the magic that is Agora. How blessed I feel that you are a part of my life even though we have never actually met face-to-face. You have given so much of yourself to so many from CCS and changed our lives forever.

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  7. This is so beautiful Suman. It’s been a pleasure knowing a beautiful and humble soul like you. Your words weave magic and take me back to the beautiful, blessed and pristine abode of the Gods.. 🙂

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