Nothing is beyond repair.
This rusted, falling apart motorcycle might look like it is ready for the dump, but in Cambodia they fix everything. They know how to fix things we in the West don’t even know how to fix anymore. (We just buy a new one.) My bicycle is a junker tossed away from another part of Asia. Most cars here are banged-out, welded together cars from other parts of the world where they were thrown away. Once I saw a “Lexus” SUV going about 5 mph hit another car. The entire bumper of the SUV fell off because of that small tap! (Someone had probably used Elmer’s glue instead of duct tape—ha ha!)

What if we looked at our world like a Cambodian does? Would we throw away something just because it was broken? Would we buy a new one just because we got tired of the old one? What about our friendships? Do we throw those away when something goes wrong?  Or do we try to do the hard work to fix them? Study mechanics. It's worth the investment.
     -The Godmother
About Cambodia's brokenness: Cambodia is very broken. In the 1970s a leader who had a dream for Cambodia created a nightmare. Children your age were torn from their parents, some made into soldiers. Regular people were made to kill their neighbors. Now, the survivors must somehow live together again. Cambodia is like the moto in the photo—a mess, but not beyond repair.
Did you miss a previous Godmother's Advice email? 
  • #001: Khmer boxing & solving problems
  • #002: Workers' commute & "making room"
  • #003: Bright balloons & dangerous attractions
  • #004: Bats and others' ways
  • #005: Playing in the mud
  • #006: Tattoos and bad habits
  • #007: Make-believe
  • #008: Dental and other care
  • #009: Boat races and collaboration
  • #010: Loads carried
Background about this email: Several years ago, I was feeling like an inadequate Godmother due to my absence in the US and, consequently, my absence in my Godsons' lives. I decided to send what little advice I have as someone who has been in the world for 30 years longer than they. Thus was born my Godmother's emails--a tidbit of advice each week. I decided to share these emails with friends and others because I feel that  folks need some good, helpful or happy things in their Inbox these days. I hope these are; otherwise, unsubscribe below.
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