We volunteered today with Habitat for Humanity. I did not know what to expect, but I left the day feeling like I had created tangible change in others’ lives. Here’s why.
We were working on the construction of a single family home. Chris and I did not expect to get to work together–it was a large group volunteering and we did not know which part of the house we would be working on. But we were told to work with a man named Gordon, an older fellow probably around my grandfather’s age. It was so awesome to get to work with Chris in a setting entirely different than what I am used to. 🙂
Gordon was very nice. We did not spend any time chatting or getting to know each other; we exclusively spoke about the work at hand. We were working on a frame for a wall in the house’s garage. We had to help draw lines for the holes Gordon would be cutting into the wood so that the wall could fit over pipes. We ended up doing numerous tasks that day, from measuring and sawing wood for the wall frames to simply putting away the various tools in the shed to chiseling away at cement. But the most rewarding part of the day was getting to help raise the wall.
It was so awesome to see the work everyone was doing to put the house together. Most of the people were volunteers, some were even from the Navy, and most were retired men who seem to just do this in their spare time. I have always wanted to work on a project like this and doing it around the holidays made it even more special. I am eager to work again tomorrow as well.
It just goes to show that while giving to others, we are able to gain new perspectives on our own lives. We just have to know how to open our eyes and see the beautiful gifts in the everyday. If there is one thing I am trying to do most this holiday season, it is that.