“A veces hacer nada es hacer algo.” This phrase is on several glasses at the host home I live at. Translated, it means “sometimes doing nothing is doing something.” I think back to when I was student teaching – the first bell rang at 7:30 and I was often at school before that. There was class 1st hour and then lessons back to back. More classes and more lessons until almost 3:00. I would go home to my apartment, make dinner, and then do nothing. It always felt weird – like I was supposed to be doing something but never quite knew what it was.
Today marks the completion of my first week at AMEXTRA. A lot has happened since I started working Monday morning. I have helped kids with homework, taught several English classes, helped build a concrete stove, visited a school with another AMEXTRA team member to plant vegetable seeds, and gone to the dump to hand out flyers for English class.
But I have also done a lot of nothing. Or what we would call nothing in the United States. Sitting. Thinking. Waiting. As this week comes to a close, it is good to remember that sometimes doing nothing is doing the most.