Every moment we breathe in, every moment we breathe out.  Every breath seems the same, yet currents of opportunity whisper through our subconscious until all at once, we realize the wind has changed and we are sailing in a different direction.

I left the construction shanty at 5:30 yesterday, early considering our recent workload, but since we were working on Sunday I decided to knock off and take a long walk home.  The breeze was fresh, the air invigorating and in that moment it hit me.  Ninety degrees on a late summer afternoon no longer feels oppressive to me.

True, my housemate Paul noticed months ago that I put on a sweater when the thermostat drops below 70; I never used to get cold.

True, I eat rice and beans in the States more than I eat beef, and I never order a filet of anything anymore.

True, the occasional Creole phrase slips into my dreams.

True, I no longer say I visit Haiti, I say I live here half time.

Today marks the mid-point in my yearlong commitment to Haiti, and I am well along in my conversion. To what I am not exactly sure, but so far it’s been a great journey and I am all in for the rest of the ride.

About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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2 Responses to Conversion

  1. Joe Gaken says:

    beautiful in its simplicity and understanding. I feel lighter (less burdened) and enlighted reading
    how your experience and your ideas have fused into a unique perspective – Thank you, Paul

  2. Pat says:

    Beautifully written!

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