Author: madeinsudan

About madeinsudan

My name is Akech and welcome to my blog. Thank you for stopping by! I have been finding myself reading various blogs lately and decided to start my own. I hope to use this space as a creative outlet. I like novels, cafes, travelling, figuring out life (or trying to) and i will be writing about all these things and everything in between. I hope that my posts inspire you or entertain you in some way.

21 Things L’Arche Has Taught Me

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As some of you guys may already know, i have been spending the past year living in L’arche Winnipeg as an assistant. L’Arche, to say the least, has been such a remarkable year of laugher, tears, memories, growth, friendships, and mistakes. I have learned about myself as an individual and also in the context of a team. I have laughed until i literally peed my pants and i have also shut myself in the bathroom to cry. I have made life long friendships and i have also had by heart broken. Despite all of this, would i live L’arche all over again? absolutely! In just over a week, i will be saying goodbye to L’Arche  Winnipeg as a live in assistant and to mark such a transition, i decided to share with you guys 22 things that i have learned this past year.

  1. Perspective check is key when resolving conflict. Half of our conflicts result from misunderstanding and failing to seek understanding.
  2. Earplugs are essential when living with nine other people. Beauty sleep people, beauty sleep
  3. Being a servant is not just serving others, but also allowing others to serve you
  4. People with developmental disability, just like us, have strengths and weakness. They may need our help, but it is very important that we are open to receive their help too
  5. Smile. Always. And Often.
  6. God’s ability to unconditionally love His children is mind-blowing. Now if only i could learn to do the same.
  7. Laugh. A lot. Until you Pee your pants. And continue to laugh.
  8. Living in Joy is an important element in building a strong community
  9. Be stupid. Be Crazy. And have Fun doing so.
  10. It’s okay to make mistakes. Just try again.
  11. First impressions do not always hold true. Be open and allow people to surprise you.
  12. It’s wonderful to be part of something greater than yourself
  13. Have grace for yourself and those around you.
  14. Breath when things get hurt. Or scream in the car with your windows up. Whatever you need.
  15. The bathroom is the best place to go when you need a moment. Or two.
  16. It’s possible as a 21 year old to become best friends with people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Age is just a number.
  17. It’s also possible to become best friends with people wth developmental disabilities. Their people; just like us. There is no us and them.
  18. A leadership team works well when everyones gift is not only acknowledge, but also utilized.
  19. Living with people with varying personalities, perspectives, religions, and culture  is REALLY hard. But also REALLY fun
  20. People with developmentally disabilities thrive best when their a part of a community. In fact, humans in generally thrive best when their a part of a community.
  21. Compromise and flexibility is key to community living.

 

Quebec, Canada

At L’Arche Winnipeg, we get what they call statutory  holidays which we have to use before our year ends. Before i came to work at L’arche as a live-in assistant for individuals with developmental disabilities, i had spend a year road-triping across Canada and then lived in Guatemala for three months. The past year that i’ve spend in L’arche has been a different type of excitement. Since i’m living and working in my own city, there has not been a whole lot of adventure in the travel department. My travel bug was biting, and i knew that i wanted to travel somewhere for my holidays. A friend of mine was going to Montreal and so i decided to join him. Travelling all of Canada is on my bucket list and i have yet to go to Quebec, and so i thought to myself; “what better time is there than the present?” My friend and i spend a week in a L’arche community in Montreal. We eventually parted ways and i went off to Quebec City to couchsurf (a different post on that topic). In the mean time, here are some pictures from Montreal.

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You should of seen me; i was going crazy over the street arts in Montreal!

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A trip to Montreal is not complete without a trip to the beautiful Notre Dame #breathtakinglybeautiful

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The famous casino; it’s so beautiful at night. The picture just does not do any justice!

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And the Cafes; so much character

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For those of you who know me; you know the i love colour. And the colour house and doors did not disappoint!