The team that went down worked hard at raising money for plane tickets down, supplies for the hospital, and clothes for many of the families. We did pie sales, car washes, and lawn sales to help meet our goal.
What I saw in people and myself before leaving for this volunteer project didn’t look the same to me now. I didn’t desire nice things for myself; I desired them for other people. I didn’t feel like I had to have that one thing that somebody else had; they had probably worked hard for it so they deserved it, working hard for something is the only way you should be given things. I looked back at my life and realized that I had been given so much, and I had taken it all for granted! For the first time in my life I felt content. I felt replenished and ready to take on what ever life had in store for me. Life isn’t worth living if you’re always thinking about what somebody else has!
I’m not saying that what happened to me on that trip changed me for good, and that I have no problems now at all, but I’m going to make it through life the best that I can. If you don’t do that, if you don’t live life to its fullest potential, you’re not going to live. Struggles are hidden lessons that teach us about life and how to deal with hard times that you are going to face again and again. “You don’t need to worry about tomorrow, tomorrow can worry about itself”. Keep you’re mind on today. You’re life will have joy.
“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”
~Al (a man I met on this trip)