By Ann Yanchura
You know how you hear about being “in the zone”? I’m no athlete, but I know how it feels to be so focused on something you are doing that you don’t know what’s going on around you. One of the reasons I agreed to Mal’s request to come to Zambia with A to Z is that I recognize that I need to step outside of my comfort zone. I would never call myself terribly spoiled, but I know how lucky I am to live and work where I do and have the family and friends that I have. One of my specific vanities is that I love my living and sleeping comforts and was scared about what I would find here in Lusaka; I was grateful to find that our accommodations here are cozy, clean, and safe. That’s a relief and will allow me to focus my attention on my work in the schools. When I do, I will get “into the zone” of teaching, listening and learning.
It’s my fervent prayer that I will have the chance to grow braver and smarter as I age. This seems to be the place to do both. Think of stepping outside of YOUR comfort zone to try something that will benefit you and someone else. Get into a new zone – and you don’t have to go to Lusaka to do it