It was the most amazing thing to watch compassion in its truest form.
Jennifer rose out of bed, in pain, to greet us. Jennifer, the warrior, is a 13-year-old girl that has been fighting for her life for 6 years.
I watched the beautiful Virginia, a stranger, reach out to her and massage Palo Santo oil into her temples, lavender oil into her feet and a cream with frankincense massaged into her neck. I watched 20 minutes later as the pain melted away and a smile appeared on her face.
I saw compassion in action. Was it the oils or was it the touch? Was it two strangers extending kindness that eased the pain? Once her headache passed, Jennifer and I made tea together, from the leaves of the Guanabana tree, moringa, ginger, and stevia.
It is in these moments that I cherish my life in Ecuador.
Virginia and I did not cure her, but we shared in her pain for a brief time and we presented to her some tools to take some control back of her life
It has been an emotional couple of weeks as I wrap my head around yet another sad story. I am pretty sure as I put these words to paper, a couple tears will fall for me. That is ok, not all articles about Ecuador can be about tourism and the cheap price of vegetables.
Real life is not always packaged with bows and butterflies.
You see, although Ecuador is paradise to so many of us, it is not always paradise to everyone. Real life happens, people can go hungry, people are struck with illness, people fight to live against all odds.