What do you see when you look at these pictures? I was taken by the colors and the elegance of this Ghanian woman. She was getting her money together and taking care of her business (that box on the rock was on top of her head).
There is something so striking about her that she caught my eye when I was driving by in a taxi. Yes, there is dirt. Yes, there is trash. However, those items pale in comparison to the class that exudes from this woman.
When I see her I see an extremely dedicated and hard working woman doing what she needs to do in order to take care of herself. Not many of us could carry a heavy box on our head filled with goods and stand out in the hot sun all day and look this beautiful.
Look beyond the dirt roads and see the true picture of elegance and grace. Don’t get caught up in the aesthetics but focus on the story unfolding in front of you. When you travel to countries that don’t have as much as you are accustomed to seeing, remember that most of the people you see work harder than you ever will and instead of pity, give them honor.