Connecting local responses around the world
Last month, Pontianak Salt Team visited Singkawang Salt Team. Singkawang took 3 hours trip by car from Pontianak. We are about 15 peoples in 2 cars.
The meeting started by having lunch together in the atmosphere of familiness. After lunch we shared each other. We shared about our family and also work, particularly experiences from the field. There were 2 new boys, youth, from KPA Pontianak who were very enthusiastic to be involved in this even. They are new field staff of KPA. They are Rio & Reddy.
At the end of the 2nd day before we leave each other, these 2 boys shared with us about what they feel during the event. They were really impressed on sharing session. In this session they feel being respected, because when they're talking, others were listening. And because of that, they feel free to share and braver than before. Before this event they almost never got a chance to talk much, to express their experiences. They even felt very comfortable to tell us all that they're MSM, feels like we're all an old friend that just met after a long time. They putted a trust on all of us. In fact, they just met most of us a day before.
They also reflected that listening was very important. So sharing and listening are two things that must be exist together.
I'm feeling happy on their changes.
I share this stories because I inspired by Olivia's blog. In other word (borrowing Phill's pattern): I read/hear stories from others then I inspired (to share).
Thank you, Liv ...