I am renewed.
I am astonished. Surprised. Humbled. Speechless (yeah I KNOW! how often does that happen?!)
My cup is full.
Sometimes you come across people who have walked a pretty hard path in life. Sometimes I meet people whose lives are pretty rough. Sometimes I meet families that because of where they are in life I feel like there is really nothing I or anyone can do to be of any assistance at all. I really try hard not to judge. I really try hard not to come across as looking "down" at them, I just really try to be okay. No matter the environment, but sometimes I do walk away thinking..."really. what can we do here to make a difference?" And we will team and brainstorm and plan and try and before we can even take a step we are diving into a different crisis. As much as I hate to admit it to myself, sometimes I do judge and sometimes I do give up a little on hope.
The kids run amok as the parents drown in stress and crisis. Sometimes when I leave some homes there is a tug on my heartstrings because I "know" where this childhood goes. I know and you surely do too, the "rest of the story" as to who these kids will be as teenagers and young adults. The tug~the fear~the realization that the pizza stained-innocent face of that chubby cheeked 2 year old, will be pregnant or in jail by age 18. Oh yes, there will be a few that are able to rise above and succeed, but they are the exception.
Today a mom stopped in my office. I had not seen her for 4 maybe 5 years. The last time I saw her was at the funeral for her ex husband and three of their children who died in a house fire early one morning.
As she shared her journey the last few years. I was touched, moved, motivated, astonished and most of all proud. Words cannot do justice to her story. Words cannot capture my feelings today.
Maybe. Just maybe. Today was the "proof" I needed to keep going. To keep going back even when steps forward are few and far between. To keep trying. To keep trying even when there seems to be little point or hope. Just keep trying.
Because today proved that I will never know when I have met that one. That one that will rise above. That one that will overcome the life they were born into.
That one that despite every single card being stacked against them, will somehow manage to come out strong and making it.
Making a new life.
Defining a new self.
Strong and insightful.
To keep trying because they could be that rare one that finds a way out. To keep trying even when I may never know if it makes a difference.
When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."~Author Unknown