Monday, October 10, 2011

There are so many things about Guatemala that are very different from life in America. Some are more easy to get used to than others. One of the differences that has been hard for me to get used to is the pace of things. I wouldn't have thought that this was such a big deal, but it is more difficult that you would think.
In America, time is money. We rush to get things done, because we believe we have better things to do. We get annoyed when people waste our time, and if people don't move fast enough we get agitated. We judge the quality of someone's work by how fast they can get it done, because we don't want to have to wait around for someone.
In Guatemala, people don't think that way. They move at a slower pace, with the mindset of "it will be there tomorrow." They don't rush for anything. It doesn't matter if they're late, because nothing starts on time anyway. It's no big deal if the line is long at the market, and its OK to just sit and talk for a while.
I can't help but think that maybe, this is not such a bad thing. Sure it's bothersome at times, when I have something to do, but it leaves people without stress, and it makes for better relationships. And it is definitely teaching me patience!


  1. Haven again... I think I might need to come to Guatemala to learn some patience =D

  2. I've just been thinking about you and praying for you, so I looked you up =D I miss you too! So glad to know how y'all are doing!