In an effort to savor the conversations we had while traveling on wheels, I had decided to record a conversation about our shared experience thus far. This particular conversation began comparing the archery competition we had just watched to competitive disc golf. The previous day, we were captivated by a discussion lead by Dr. Tashi Zangmo of her journey to founding the Bhutan Nuns Foundation. Most of us had studied Social Entrepreneurs in an class called ” Social Entrepreneurship” taught by Dr. Mercedes Quesada-Embid at Colorado Mountain College. Listening to a social entrepreneur speak was clearly engaging, but it had us questioning how she handles the challenge of balancing life with the commitments required by social entrepreneurship. The dialogue below was among 5 students: Keith Labbe, Sunny Frost, Bailee McDaniel, Madeline Dougherty (Maddie), and Ansley Burnett.
Keith: What stuck out about today to you, Sunny?
Sunny: I liked the Archery a lot! I wish that we were beside the target instead of by the archer..
Keith: I was thinking the same thing.
Sunny: I was talking to Drea about Disc Golf. If someone is a new spectator and does not have an understanding of proper form, then it is more exciting to be by the baskets.
Sunny: But I was into it.
Keith: Your boyfriend does like sets up disc golf tournaments?
Keith: Did Smiling Moose give them agift certificate once? Maybe for the Flying Eagle Open, or something?
Sunny: Most likely, yes. I also liked the talk by Dr. Zangmo a lot!
Bailee: Who was your favorite speaker so far?
Keith: The Nunneries!
Sunny: The Nunneries talk was very cool.
Maddie: I think this one.
Sunny: It was very interesting and I liked how there were so many questions.
Sunny: It was a little bit hard for me to take in for we read about life changing entrepreneurs for class and then here is one right in front of us. I was kind of star struck.
Ansley: I was too. I did not know what to say to her when we went up for the picture. No words were coming out!
Sunny: I should have asked her how she maintains her mental health while doing so much?
Keith: It’s probably by doing so much that she actually maintains her mental health.
Sunny: I don’t know.
Maddie: I don’t know if that is a means to maintaining your mental health.
Sunny: I don’t think so either.
Ansley: I bet it helps! The fact that she is constantly doing for others and her country is what makes it different. She isn’t just keeping busy, she is doing a service.
Bailee: I’m sure the fact that she has her family to support her helps a lot.
Maddie: Maybe spending time with the nuns is an opportunity to be reflective.
Sunny: Well, what we have learned in social entrepreneurship is that a lot of these social entrepreneurs inadvertently disregard their families’ needs for the time to devote to the project. They do not have time to dedicate to their family. So that’s a difficult question to answer just by listening to her speak. Maybe the work is so good, so fulfilling that it balances her out? At the same time, social entrepreneurs continue to do more and more for their cause. As they get further into the issue they are trying to address, the more road blocks present themselves. Confronting the road blocks are what cause mental distress. I should have asked her.