When I was younger I saw people going to Africa to help with the orphanages and I so wanted to be there. I wanted to go far, far away and make life better for the children all over the world.
Well I grew up and got bitter, those same people who went away to other countries bothered me. I would roll my eyes and think, “Why don’t they do good in their own town?”
It seemed like such a bust to go far, far away and help people when there were people starving, dying right beneath our feet.
I pushed my little girl dream away because it seemed like the practical thing to do, and Mother Teresa herself said, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” I have been trying to do this. IT IS HARD!
I can’t believe I went from WISHING I WAS ONE OF THEM, to JUDGING THE EXACT PEOPLE WHO WERE DOING WHAT I HAD WISHED I COULD DO!
I thought I was alone in this, but a few comments by others I have noticed makes me think I’m not so alone in this…when a dream seems to unobtainable, we tend to become bitter and cold and resent those who are living our dream.
A few months ago, I sent my sister a gift card to Chick-fil-a. I told her she was my Africa. I couldn’t go to Africa and help them, but I could send a 20$ gift card to make someone’s day.
If your dream is on pause today, do not let your heart get bitter. Find YOUR Africa NOW, don’t sit bitterly by, find the thing that MOVES you, WAKES you up, STIRS your soul, and inspires you to do things you wouldn’t otherwise do.
My friend on Facebook sent me a message and asked me if I had plans to visit Uganda, I replied with a casual, “Of Course”, thinking that someday I would love to go.
A few days later he posted about how he had never tasted pizza…I don’t know why but this really got my soul in a stir. I started looking up how many SkyMiles it would take, and how much an Airbnb in Uganda is…
This dream that I thought would happen 10 or 15 years from now is happening on October 31, 2017. I will be traveling to Uganda to visit an orphanage, speak to women’s groups, church groups, and community members.
We will be doing a benefit concert on Monday, October 23rd featuring Andrew Wiscombe. (Location To Be Determined) We are collecting items that I can take with me that they so gratefully have requested. Save the Date! For more information please follow me on Instagram @fit2bkind or email me email@example.com .
The good you do MATTERS. YOU MATTER. Don’t give up on your dream!! If it seems too big, break it down and find your mini Africa until you can make your big dream a reality. There is much work to do now, bless the lives of everyone you come into contact with. Smile. Pause. Be Kind. You got this!
Tammy Lane Guffey founder of Yestokindness.com, kindness advocate, soul ignitionst.