Susan Murray – Giving and Receiving

I am a human being, a seeker of truth. I am a mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. I have owned two businesses, taught yoga, and taught elementary school most of my years.
I lived 10 years abroad in Ecuador. Many experiences and stories come from there. In my talk, I share a story with you. So often it looks to the world like one is giving, but underneath all that good will is one huge batch of receiving.
This story begins in Venezuela, moves to Ecuador and ends in the US.

Pics left to right, top to bottom: Socrates, Berena, Cristina, Estefani, Esteban, Adri, Wilner, Roni & Mafer.

Venezuela has been marked by hyperinflation, escalating starvation, disease, a spiraling crime and mortality rate, resulting in massive emigration from the country. The economic crisis in Venezuela is the worst in its history and also the worst facing a country in peacetime since the 20th century. In 2019 it was estimated that more than 3.4 million Venezuelans had emigrated. And many, many more have left since then.
Ecuador is a relatively peaceful, democratic country two doors down from Venezuela. There is a minimum of 1,000 miles between the two countries (Colombia in between) as the crow flies—much longer by car, bus, or bicycle. And with this knowledge I hope to begin my story.