Coincidence or providence?
Pumping gas on May 2, 2019, when a brother just released after 5 years in prison, asks for $25 to buy a shirt for a job interview and a hotel room to shower. My mood was unpleasant so I was trying to ignore him. However, he kept on and soon I became empathetic. Attempting to inspire hope, I gave him one of our furniture brochures, while saying that it wasn’t that long ago that I was in a similar situation.
When he saw my picture on the brochure, his eyes lit up as he said, “I know you, I know you! I saw you in a magazine, while in prison. I put your picture on my cell wall. One day my cellmate asked, “why do you have that man’s picture on the wall?” I said, “because I want to be just like him one day.”
This experience recharged me by reminding me of the impact that our work is having on others and the necessity to continue, despite the obstacles.
|Apparently help isn’t coming.||Pivoting from furniture to mask making|
|Apparently help isn’t coming.|
|Pivoting from furniture to mask making|
We are like trees.
The tree eats carbon dioxide and returns to us the very breath and energy of life – oxygen. The cracks tell the story of what it has endured to give us life. It has been tried, but it didn’t break. Those cracks enhance its beauty and therefore, its value.
As I see it, you and I are like trees, with limbs, born with a purpose.
We too have to endure hard trials so that we may give oxygen to others – the lessons and insights gained throughout our life’s journey.