Friday, February 24, 2012
"As Long As I'm Alive..."
I work for an organization that helps stabilize people who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness. At an event last night, where we were talking with potential board members, a woman said a very surprising thing. During the introductions she shared, "My son is about to complete college and I told him last night that one of my gifts to him is a promise. As long as I'm alive he will never be homeless or hungry."
I was surprised because she is a very accomplished business woman who lives in a relatively wealthy area. My assumption for someone with that brief bio would be that they would feel safe. It turned out that she was a much wiser person and much more sensitive person than I realized. She is wise in my mind because she understands that life is fragile. Money, education, connections, and enriching experiences can't protect us from all of life's challenges. Medical and mental health problems, car accidents, and natural disasters, to name a few, touch people of all backgrounds. Her promise to her son was a reassurance - I can't control everything for you but I will be here for you.