Our first Like Walking Through Water" blog was about the difference between mental toughness and emotional toughness. At Petra, we believe that the most effective peacebuilders have learned to balance mental toughness with emotional vulnerability, a tricky yet necessary aspect of the very human work we do.
REI gets a shout-out here in the Petra blog not only because of how supportive they've been of the Petra vision and mission, but also for how they have cared for me personally as the main carrier of the vision.
One of the fun surprises about my job is the people who seemingly come out of the woodwork to collaborate. Several colleagues have arisen in the last few months because they believe in the importance of Petra's mission, and their connections have been really critical for us. One of these is a guy from Barcelona named Daniel Fernandez.
While the rest of Spain was taking it easy in Summer 2016, Petra was kicking it into high gear with two Rotary Peace Fellows doing their official Applied Field Internship (AFE) in Malaga, Spain with Petra Executive Director Bianca Neff.