Aloha My 'Ohana - Letter from a Kalani Volunteer

Authored by: 
Riss Winstanley

Ah my Ohana. What to say?

During my last breakfast at Kalani the gorgeous little Shola was behind me. She gave me a big hug and said "So what did you get out of this place? What did you find?"

And I replied " I found me."

And what else can you ask for? I cannot remember the last time I felt so loved, so appreciated and so valued. And I cannot remember the last time I genuinely believed everyone that told me so.

So thank you. All of your compliments will stay with me for the rest of my life.

I felt so at ease, and so appreciative and have realized that's exactly how I want my life to be.

And whenever I get to that point where I feel stressed, sad, insecure, angry or overwhelmed, all I do is picture all of your beautiful faces and those feelings literally wash off me and I am left with an open chest and heart and a very nice feeling of contentment.

My first Yogi Tea lucky dip told me an attitude of gratitude brings happiness.

I am so grateful for what you all have taught me.

I have learnt how to appreciate all the simple things.

I have learnt how to breathe.

I have learnt how to love, and to let people into my life.

I have learnt how to listen more, how to be more patient and how to accept everyone just as everyone accepts me.

I have been reminded how to live in the present, and how to not worry so much about EVERYTHING.

You are all such beautiful people, with such amazing lights of your own and I am so proud of all of you, and so proud of myself for finding such a rewarding experience.

And my parting words?

Enjoy yourself. No worries. Laugh. Dance. Recycle.

So thank you for being you, and for allowing me to be me. The greatest gift anyone could ask for.

Some of you I will see again, some of you I won't. But I will carry you all in my heart and you will all coach me throughout the rest of my life.

I love you all.

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.