I like to think that I am a fairly smart guy. I know I’m not the smartest, but I do like to tell myself that I’m not the dullest tool in the toolbox. Not too often have I felt like I am overwhelmed with a situation. But trying to learn Thai is a very humbling experience.
It’s as if my whole being is in revolt. My tongue doesn’t wish to form correctly, my mind wishes not to place the words in my long term memory…plainly put, my faculties are betraying me!
Gone is my pride. Gone are the days where I was one of the smartest guys in the room. Gone are the times when I could fall back on my previous experience to get me through. I am in a battle with myself and with the Thai language. And right now, my defeat seems imminent.
Ok, so maybe I am being a bit over dramatic, but that is truthfully how I feel. We have been in Thailand going on five days now and I know a whopping 5 words!
My constant consolation at this time is that the Bible declares a great promise for those that are humble (meek) (Matthew 5:5).
And all I have to do is learn Thai? I’ll make that trade every time.