I've been following this since the end of October and finally found an update on the little village in Germany of 102 that is how host to 615 migrants of 25 different nationalities or variations in origin.
The video below is a summary of this transitional period over the last few weeks.
This video is a general overview trying to not look for problems and it gives a much better view of the physical layout of the town, refugee center, and surrounding area.
One of the reasons I find this particular story so interesting is it serves as a microcosm of what is happening in the big picture. From the huge amount of attention it received before the arrival of the migrants on what 'could' be - to the long silence since then.
It speaks to our commitment as a society to focus on what we fear and not what is actually happening.
But if trouble brews I am sure that will be a lot of "I told you so" kind of news coverage.
But from where I sit here in the center of the state of New Mexico what I want to know is what is actually happening. I want to know the details - good and bad - of what both sides are finding, thinking, observing, and experiencing.
And not the news bite kind of snipets to tell us what media thinks we want to hear.
The truth beyond the facts.
What is it that creates that kind of curiosity and wonder in one person and not another?
Why do some of us want to know the why, what, how, where, who, and when? Why do some just want to know the explicit and morbid? And why do some of us just not want to know anything?
This is what is so interesting to me about this particular story - it shows us WHO WE ARE even when we are not asking the question for our self.
And this is where the road diverges for all of us. That literal and metaphorical fork in the road where journey's go their separate ways, each seeking a different destination.
I am finding it is a rare and unique person that is curious, brave, committed, vigilant, disciplined, and courageous to take this Survival Road as I have named it.
You don't want an ordinary life. You don't want to just keep breathing. You don't want to conform, be less, go along, or just give up.
You want LIFE. I am also realizing that there is a difference between freedom and 'freedom that is all grown up.'
If we are not curious or we don't care about others, we probably don't really even care about our self. If we aren't looking at what others experience as a way to understand our own life, then we probably are not seeking to understand much about life at all.
The majority of people aren't questioning and that is okay. That is their journey.
If you are here, I am guessing you are questioning and that is GOOD. Don't ever stop even when you don't like the answers or even the questions.
I, like you, love to find fellow traveler's on this journey and the fastest way is to ask them a question and see not only how they answer, but if.
Curiousity may have killed the cat, but no curiousity will kill the spirit, the heart, and any chance of living a purposeful and meaningful life.
Who do you want to be - in Sumte or in your own life?
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