Last week, Dane and I had the opportunity to help at The Fisher House where Wounded Warriors and their families live while they rehabilitate after surgery, physical therapy, etc. Once a month, Dane’s Battalion cooks residents breakfast and serves them in a restaurant-style set-up. Honestly, I was excited to wake up early on a weekend and drive 45 minutes. I was excited to see happy faces. And I was excited to serve.
So often, I get caught up in my day-to-day (like many of us do) and am left exhausted, falling into bed without thinking twice, waking back up and starting all over again. Days turn into weeks and before I know it, months have passed without a single act of service. I hate that. I hate knowing I am fully capable of giving, of serving and of paying it forward, yet I find myself making excuses instead of a difference. I hate the “I’m so busy” excuse. We’re all busy, yet we always find time to watch a movie, have a drink, get our nails done. Dane and I were so blown away by all the caring souls at The Fisher House and we can’t wait to go back. In the same amount of time it takes us to watch 2 episodes of Pretty Little Liars, we helped cook and serve over 100 residents made-to-order breakfasts.
I didn’t write this post to make anyone feel bad, but rather to give perspective and maybe to inspire.
How will you pay it forward today?