A gift to you from Zambia, Africa

As the stress and anxiety increases I want to give you a gentle reminder of what life’s really meant to be about with some emotional pictures I took in Africa.

This email is about really looking and *feeling* what the pictures are SAYING — not just scrolling down taking a quick glance then popping back into autopilot (which is usually stress). 

I want you to stop and take a moment here… Because when you feel grateful there is much less room for worry and stress. If it’s worrying about being the fattest one at the party, pigging out on the pie, not having it all “perfect,” or whatever your typical stressors are this time of year.
Stop. 

Now. 

And feel the story…

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Big sister taking little sister to school. Notice the smiles. 🙂

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This was my classroom. 5th grade.

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One day we volunteered at the old folks home. As you handed them a book, they had a HUGE smile on their face.

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There were kids playing in the street EVERYWHERE. Homes are so small, they’re only for sleeping. No iPads or cell phones to be seen.

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There were A LOT of babies in Africa, but I never saw one crying.

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Most kids had a “backpack” that looked like this.

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Who wants a hair cut?!?!

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The market.

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Baby brother came to school one day.

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One day a little girl pulled a sucker out of her dress pocket, unwrapped it and threw the trash out the window.

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Raggedy clothes, but they still have A LOT of spunk.

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White people were so unusual in the community that this little boy thought I was a ghost! I couldn’t even get one smile out of him.

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Of course going from a first world country to a third world country was really tough. You can’t help but to feel bad for them and their poverty level. BUT ya know, going from a third world country to a first world country was just as hard.

We could really learn a lot from the people in the Zambian community. Though they didn’t have running water, supplies for school, or clean clothes but they were full of joy!

The picture above shows it all. They love where they live.

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They were happy people and so grateful for something as simple as a book, a banana, or a genuine smile.

 

Hope this lifted up your day!

 

With so much love and gratitude,
Nichole

P.S. I would love to hear how you are feeling RIGHT now in the comments section below.

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8 Comments

  • Lisa

    Reply Reply January 5, 2015

    Hi Nicole,
    What a great job you did with these pictures! Some
    times I have to catch myself thinking negatively that
    Me and my family don’t have all the things we need, when in fact we have too much stuff! It can become a distraction, and then we tend to want more….
    I do my best now to stay on track with what’s important, which is spending time with my family, friends and sending them loving thoughts throughout the day.
    You are certainly an additional inspiration on my life too. You have a natural joy that comes through and I totally appriciate that!
    Thank you,
    Lisa Hemmouda
    Have a great day girl, you rock!

  • Christina

    Reply Reply December 26, 2014

    This gave me so much joy! Thank you for sharing! It also made me feel better about wearing my baby around

    • Nichole Kellerman Wurth

      Reply Reply December 27, 2014

      Of course Christina! And I do believe a reason why I never saw a baby crying is because it was always so close to their momma’s 🙂

  • Samantha

    Reply Reply December 24, 2014

    These pictures are beautiful! They make me feel very grateful for everything in my life… makes me want a simpler life. I am humbled by looking at these. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    • Nichole Kellerman Wurth

      Reply Reply December 24, 2014

      YES Sam ›› makes me want a simpler life

      Love!

  • Diana Cavatairo

    Reply Reply December 24, 2014

    Grateful, thankful the Lord loves all of us. And a little Embaressed about the woe is me mindset I’ve had lately! You have a Blessed Christmas, cause I know I am.

    • Nichole Kellerman Wurth

      Reply Reply December 24, 2014

      No feeling embarrassed Diana :). Now you know better so you are doing better!

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