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You’ll never get this moment back by: Mady Sorensen

June 18, 2019 - 2019: Asha Ki Chamak

If I had to choose one specific thing that I have learned from being in India, it would be to live in the moment. I have heard this saying a million times, but it never hit me until this past week or so. I have realized how I was always worried about the past or the future, never truly focusing on the now. In India, it seems as though the world is on pause for these people. They live day to day, no worrying about Snapchat stories or Instagram pictures being perfect. I don’t think they compare themselves half as much as we do on a day to day basis. Today we had our last teaching day in our schools, which meant we had to say goodbye to those amazing kids. I will cherish the moments I had with each and every one of them. I will never get those moments back so I am thankful that I stayed present the whole time. I will never get see Devindare smile at me from across the room or hear him say my name in his accent and flirty way. I will cherish the hugs and kisses I got from Simran every time I got to the school. The priceless laughs of every kid when we pronounce one of their names wrong. I will never hear them call me “Deedee” with the biggest smile on their face. Even down to chasing Gopal and holding him tight in my lap so that he would listen to the lesson. Every feeling I had in that school is a memory now, I will never get those moments back. I will never forget the pure joy and Christlike love I have felt while being here in India. These kids will forever be my second family and I am so grateful for the time I have gotten to spend with them. They are truly amazing.

6 Responses to “You’ll never get this moment back by: Mady Sorensen”

  1. Oh wow Mady!
    What a beautiful message. Most adults spend most of their life chasing the greener grass on the other side and never experience joy. I’m so glad that you have felt that by giving the people of India something so simple, but more importantly you gave them your time. Remember this throughout your life when you come upon a fork in the road, give of your time, your love and your compassion you will be happier and more joyful. Ask yourself this throughout your life: Will this thing/moment/goal give me everlasting joy? or fleeting happiness. There is a difference if we are willing to see it. Good job you guys, what a wonderful soul you are.

  2. Love love love this! Such a great lesson to learn, live in the moment, at your age. I’m so so happy you could experience India:)
    Im not that great with words and you know that but my heart is full and my tears are flowing with joy and happiness for you!
    We miss you like crazy! See you soon!🥰😘
    Love you

  3. What a beautiful message and it is true that there is no greater joy than being in the service of others!! Love you girl!! 😘😘

  4. WOW, I can’t see to even type right now! What an amazing woman you are becoming…. I am so excited for you to take these experiences and share them with everyone you come into contact with. You have truly changed those little life’s and have given them a sense of hope. You will carry them in your heart forever just as I have with the people from my mission. I can’t wait to hear all the stories and to see your amazing smile. Thank you for the inspiring words Mady. All I can say is WOW, are you really my daughter? Did you really choose me to be your dad? I am the luckiest man alive to have 2 amazing woman in my life. Can’t wait to see you princess!!! Love Dad

  5. Mady, kiss kiss love love you so!!! How precious you and all of the children are. What a time you are they have had. I’m sure they won’t forget you either. Now you know it isn’t “things” that make you happy, but loving and helping others. You still have a few moments left. I can’t wait to hear about all of them.

  6. Mads it so amazing to see and hear of your experiences in India! It does nothing but put a big smile on my face to see how it’s changed you. I think your time in India has been a enormous stepping stone for you in how you will live the rest of your life. It takes a special person to leave everything they know and love and travel to the opposite side of the world and help those in desperate need. But that’s exactly what Christ did for us Mads. We were in desperate need of a literal “Savior”! He left his Heavenly home, sat aside his glory, and experienced a sacrifice that no other being in this universe had to experience. But in that he showed us how to love! And I think you got a little taste of that love that Heavenly Father and our Savior have for each of us in your service over there in India! Continue to enjoy every moment out there Mads! We miss ya and are very excited to see you!!

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