This brings with it many challenges, sacrafices and the need for alot of strengh and understanding. The biggest challenge is balancing your commitment to your work and community (your reason for coming here and dedicating two years of your life) while finding time and giving enough of yourself to your personal commitments. Sometimes I find myself asking if it is appropriate to be spending time on anything other then my work, however we are all entitiled to a life as long as you keep your priorities in mind at all times.
Hope! This is something I have been holding onto everyday. Hope that all your effort and time spent is going to prove worthy of all the difficulty. Hope that one day you will have more then weekends. Hope that one day you will really learn who this person is.
Just as in our service, this must be taken one day at a time and with the least amount of expectations as possible.
TIME: Do your best to spend your time wisly; its limited.
TALK: Communication is so important, because you spend 80% of your relationship on skype or sending emails if your lucky.
BE CAREFUL: Your emotions cant be paraded around town and your best friend on the other side of the world isnt always going to be awake when you need someone to talk to.
PATIENCE: Be willing to put your needs on hold
UNDERSTANDING: The first priority is your purpose for being here.......Don't lose site of that.
Take a deep breath and take each step with care and consideration. Maybe it doesnt work for everyone but for me it also takes alot of prayer; all of my blessings did not come from my work alone, so why would I think I could face my challenges and survive them alone?