Over the past few months, I've found that my energy has been less and less. I patiently waited for it to return, but as time passed, I realized it just wasn't returning. I had some medical tests, but everything was normal. Finally, a few weeks ago, I talked to my community and made the decision to return home.
It was a difficult decision because I love the sisters and the people of the pueblos I am working with so much. It took a real honest look at things to realize that even with such a strong love, for some reason, it wasn't enough to energize me.
The goodbyes have been very difficult. I will miss the community of the sisters, the children - their laughter and joy, my work - especially my work with Sister Yanira, and a thousand other great things. I get the feeling that this isn't the end of these relationships, but merely a change to a new and different chapter in the story.
I am home now, getting some real rest, some more medical tests and whatever other help I need. It is a gift to be in my community which has so willingly embraced me home and continues to support me with their love and prayers.
As this part of my journey ends, I won't be posting further reflections, but who knows what the future will bring! Blessings to everyone and love and peace to all in Bolivia!