I’ve written a different story every single time I’ve sat down to write this. It’s so hard to write just one story, to find that one thing that you want the world to know. I find myself flooded with ideas: a story of resilience, overcoming the odds, finding the bright side, following your heart, and hundreds more. There’s one that I always seem to find myself coming back to: the gift of time.
I recently went on a medical mission trip to Haiti that changed my life to say the least. I’ve struggled so hard to find the words to describe this experience and give it the justice it deserves. While I don’t think I’ll ever find those words, this is what I’ve come up with. My favorite memory in Haiti, has absolutely nothing to do with the medical care we were providing. I packed one of those squishy foam footballs in my backpack and took it to our clinics every day. On the last day of clinic, I still hadn’t taken it out of my bag, but I figured it was now or never. As we were supposed to be packing up all of our supplies, I grabbed the football and one of my friends and went out to where all the kids were gathered around. At first, they looked at me like I was the craziest person they had ever seen. Not only was there a language barrier between us, but they had never even seen a football before. They were all so hesitant to play catch, but slowly we started to get them engaged. What started out as a circle of 3 kids quickly turned into a circle of 15. Every single person in that circle was laughing and smiling. At that moment, I knew in my heart that this is what life is all about.
It doesn’t matter how many followers you have on social media, what car you have, how much money you make, absolutely none of that matters. These were the most poverty-stricken people I have ever met, but here they all were having the time of their life and enjoying a small game of catch. See it doesn’t matter what you have, it’s what you make of what you have. I’ve never been more humbled than I was in this moment. I can only hope that I gave this community half of what they gave to me.
I urge you to give to those around you, it doesn’t have to be money. Just be present in the moment, put your phone down and look up. Time is the greatest gift you can give.
“The greatest gift that you can give to others and to yourself is time. Embrace the gift of time whether you give it or receive it.” – Philip Zimbardo
Story Submitted by Megan