Kathleen B. Johnston
Chain link fence vs. masi chain ~ figures of me
as a child vs. the little boy sitting by his house ~ we are all
linked to our cultures. What we find comfortable in ours vs. what
they are accustomed to in theirs ~ our industry compared to their
resourcefulness. That is what impresses me most and made me appreciate
living in the USA. After meeting new people lately, my new job and
at the women’s expo, I found out that basically people are the same
all over the world. our houses may be different, the landscape,
politics and social culture different, but when you are willing
to be friendly, the people around you are also. So rather I say
with a smile “Hi!” in the USA, or “Bula!” in Fiji, I find that people
in both countries will respond alike! It confirmed my beliefs that
the majority of people that I come in contact with are good people!
This is what I got out of the trip - even the friends I made - almost
everyone was willing to understand our differences, ages and religions.
Though it may be a combination of the confidence that I felt from
getting a job shortly after we returned, it seems as though the
“need to explore infinite horizons” explains how I feel! there is
still so much I would like to explore, it seems the trip to Fiji
added another layer to my experiences.
revised October 31, 2002