Turn on the television, the radio or scroll through social media and you will hear and see a deluge of negativity. It’s everywhere. If you let it, it will begin to invade your home and your psyche. After a while you can begin to feel like there is nothing good in the world. Sometimes you need to take a break from it all; take a deep breath of joy in and exhale the chaos of your surroundings.
Other times we are fortunate enough to get smacked upside the head with a perspective that doesn’t involve someone just surviving, but actually thriving. My oldest is in college and as a pre-med student at the end of her junior year, she is stressed out! I drove up to Boulder to take her to lunch, shop, and just talk. It wasn’t easy getting a spot in her schedule, but she fit me in!
Immediately, I noticed the joy on her face. It was such a contrast to the previous semester when she wasn’t feeling well and everything was an uphill battle. We spoke about classes, roommates, friends and her plans for the summer. I could sense some trepidation on her part as she began to discuss her summer though. She spoke of classes through June and her work schedule and then she said she wanted to return to Haiti. She started with all of the reasons she shouldn’t go. Her number one reason for not going was that it wasn’t going to pad her resume for PA school so she didn’t know if she she do it. I sat there for a minute taking it all in and watching her expression fade to sadness as she continued down the path of convincing herself it was a poor choice. Then I took a deep breath and said, “I think you should go. How can going to Haiti because you love the people and the culture be wrong? How can going for the purpose of ministry versus a medical mission be wrong?”
A hopeful smile spread across her face as she acknowledged what I was saying. Her joy had returned. She then proceeded to tell me all of the reasons why she wanted to go back to Haiti. At the top of her list are the people. She fell in love with their smiles, their music, their heart and most of all their joy for life. She often talks about the fact that they have nothing and yet they seem to have it all. She finds contentment in the midst of their culture.
Contentment…What a contrast to our nightly news and our social media feeds. Oh, what a contrast to our constant striving for more in a world where we have everything.
Thank you for being a breath of fresh air; for being hope and joy in a world of malcontent and unrest.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G