"A vision without action is merely a dream.
Action without vision just passes the time.
Vision with action can change the world. "
- Joel A. Barker
This weekend was probably one of the most heartfelt and rewarding experiences I've ever done. One month ago I was speaking to a patient that mentioned if I have an idea and the heart to help others, to just do it. So at that moment I thought for the longest time of ways I could help. But for some reason I couldn't find the idea, the motivation, or inspiration that my heart desired. I couldn't figure out how I wanted to help.
As I was driving through Downtown San Diego, I realized it was the homeless community I wanted to help. It broke my heart thinking how some of these people have to live outside where it's freezing cold at night and it rains. The struggle they have to face to stay warm, to stay dry, to be comfortable.. Imagine being in their situation.. Then it came to me,
"Everyone deserves to have a Christmas".
I wanted the homeless community to have the experience of Christmas. I wanted them to have a present to open Christmas morning. Christmas is the season of giving and with one month to plan, I made my flyer and shared it on social media. I asked for help from family, friends, and the community in collecting donations to wrap as presents and to hand out Christmas morning. I was so excited but boy! the amount of doubts and fear running across my mind were endless!
" What if no one helps? What if I don't get enough donations? What if this idea is just a complete fail?"
LOL the things that came across my mind! But I realized that fear was getting in the way of what I love to do. It was getting in the way of an opportunity to help others and I definitely wasn't about to let fear control my life anymore. I continued to pray about it and pushed through. I am so so so happy I did. I received so much support I was overwhelmed of happiness. On top of that, I received way more donations than I even imagined! The process that led to Christmas morning and the late nights of wrapping with my sister, was all worth it.
I think sometimes we forget how blessed we are. Some of these people don't have a roof over their head, a christmas tree filled with presents, or a place where they can gather as a family.. These people's stories, their faces that were filled with excitement and happiness that morning, literally brought tears to my eyes. It brought light to why I did this. One man shared with me how it was the first present he's ever received. Another man shared his happiness and how it's been awhile since he's received a present. A family literally was jumping up and down saying "God is good" and how their feet will no longer be cold. It brought tears to my eyes knowing that this idea I had, came to life because of the man above and help from my community, my family, and my friends. To think I almost let fear and doubt get in the way of an amazing opportunity!
So if you're reading this and have a desire or an idea to help others, the community, or a family...just do it. You'll never know the outcome until you do it.