It’s been over a month since we’ve been back from the Middle East. And we just got back from working at a summer camp (Camp Kivu). So, we’ve finally started the editing process. It’s been slow but good. Through editing, we’ve been able to reflect on the trip.

Joe and I were talking the other day about what we learned from our trip. We could go on and on about how much we learned about the region, the people, the situation, etc. But we also learned a lot about ourselves. 

Starting Within Broken Borders, being in the Middle East, and putting a documentary together (still in the process) has honestly been overwhelming at times. We learned about patience, flexibility, management with time and money, and most of all, we learned about leadership. 

We didn’t exactly anticipate how much of a leadership role we were taking on. But as the leaders of this project, we had to learn how to be good leaders. Some things we continue to work on are patience, responsibility, determination, selflessness, and keeping the passion. Passion stuck out to us. 

I wanted to go on this trip and make this film because I’ve always been passionate about the Middle East, especially the Palestinian-Israeli situation. But for some reason, when I got overwhelmed with everything going on, I would lose some of my passion and vision for the project. Thankfully, Joe stayed focused and kept the project rolling even when I got down. Now being back and having had the time to process everything that happened on the trip, it’s easier to keep the passion and the vision in sight. 

I came across this quote by the author, John Maxwell:

"A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion not position." 

Joe and I don’t have some high position that will get us somewhere or fulfill our vision for this film, but we do have the passion. He’s passionate about film and photography, and raising awareness through those gifts. I’m passionate about the people of the Middle East and want others to understand and see the truth of the people in that region. So, as we continue to work on the film, we just need to remember why we’re doing this and to hold onto our passion. We’re excited to see how it all turns out!

As a final note, if you’re passionate about something, go after it because with passion I believe you can accomplish great things. It’s not always easy but it sure is an adventure.