Deo had an inspiring journey of escape from Burundi to America in search of a new life. During this tenure he had many experiences and many ordinary people helped him with brilliant testaments for the power of availing second chances. Deo survived from a genocide and civil war in Burundi and he lands at JFK airport having just two hundred dollars with him and had no contacts in that city and was not aware of English language (Field, 2011). He started his journey of new life by delivering groceries and was living in the Central Park and at the same time he even started learning English through dictionaries from bookstores. Deo met strangers who changed his life by pointing him eventually towards the direction of Columbia University and medical school and finally a life that was completely devoted towards healing others. Kidder has presented this unforgettable journey of Deo as he travelled with Deo in his turbulent life and thus through this story he wanted the readers to understand the meaning of being a true and complete human.
The above experiences of Deo can be better explained through quotes from the book.
“I trained my mind to be flexible. Be willing to know that even if you think you know for sure, leave room for uncertainty”.
“You may not see the ocean, but right now we are in the middle of the ocean, and we have to keep swimming”.
“I do believe in God. I think God has given so much power to people and intelligence and said, ‘Well, you are on your own. May be I’m tired, I need a nap. You are mature. Why don’t you look after yourselves? And I think He’s been sleeping too much” (Kidder, 2013).
“So many people, he thought, don’t listen to the content of what you say but only to the noises you make”.