People, Love And Distance
Posted by Deven Shah on Jun 11, 2014
Several people I met yesterday were surprised that this was my first visit to US and wondered why I’ve never visited before. That got me thinking too and I realized that while I’ve had a few possibilities to visit the US earlier for work or holiday, this was the first time when I felt there was a lot of love from so many people calling me here. So last month when I received the invitation from Michelle Long to be a part of BALLE's Annual Conference in Oakland, I accepted it wholeheartedly. I'm also delighted to represent the MovedByLove community at the conference and share stories from a Startup Service event where we had created a space for igniting startups with the spirit of love.
In the last few years I've got to know so many wonderful people from the ServiceSpace community here. Have met some of them when they visited India and with several others have only had conversations online and now looking forward to hugging people I’ve been seeing as thumbnail images on ServiceSpace.org :) My apologies to many friends in US whom I was not able to write personally about my visit (which was decided at a short notice), I look forward to talk to you and meet you soon.
When Birju asked me “as this is your first visit to US, which places would you like to see?” and my instant reply was “meeting wonderful people and sharing love is what I’m looking forward to more than seeing places”. I’m in the US till July 13, look forward to meet so many of you. I'm here with a fairly open itinerary, so please do message me if you are available for catching up or if there are any gatherings where I can meet many of you together. I will of course join as many Awakin Circles as possible in the next 5 weeks :)
And while I’m all excited and happy to be here, am also missing family back in India. Thanks to the Internet, the distance is not much of a barrier in communicating with the loved ones. Though it does get super emotional to receive notes like these from my 6-year old daughter Simran: