Last night I had the good fortune to experience my favourite soundtrack, The Fellowship of the Ring, played live by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. They delivered a beautiful rendition of Howard Shore's emotionally gripping music, with spiritually uplifting highs and sorrowful lows.

In fact, I can say that it was exactly what I needed to hear as I contemplate my own upcoming adventure to Ghana. These last few weeks of preparation have stirred up a mix of emotions inside me. In many ways I am excited to have the opportunity to apply my knowledge in a completely new setting which should help me grow both spiritually and mentally. On the other hand I am apprehensive, worried about the unforeseen obstacles that lay ahead on my path, not just in Ghana, but throughout my whole future. I worry that I will not find the strength to make hard decisions, or the wisdom to know that the right answers are. There's so much changing in the world right now, and I feel like I will never be able to keep up with the changing tide. But while part of me cowers in fear, a much bigger part loves the challenge. I believe that I will find the answers I seek because I commit myself to an open mind and hard work. I know that I will make an impact and help other people discover what a better world is. I know this because I follow my heart, as corny as that sounds. But it's more than just a cliche, it's a promise to myself and to the rest of the world to remain true to myself, to do what I think and feel is morally right at all times. And more and more I feel confident in the path laid out ahead of me, because I continue to meet people that share the same desire for social justice and spiritual recovery, and I continue to discover new mentors and new ideas that are supported by millions of other people across North America. There is a movement underway, and like the peoples of Middle Earth we will fight back against the centralized power of our own metaphorical Mordor. We will create a world that gives all an equal opportunity to free themselves from oppressionpoverty, and depression. And finally we will discover what it means to be truly free.

To my friends that are working towards similar goals....thank you. You give me the strength to push forward.