Saturday, February 23, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

So I was at this meeting the other week...People Living in Public kind of crazy that there are actually meetings like that and people actually come. But they were talking about how there is no where to go to the bathroom in denver...I never really thought about it before. But they had a solution. Self Cleaning bathrooms....San Fransisco has already done it, and so should Denver. I thought it was an interesting idea. But for now it's just an idea and nothing is really being done about it.

Had a really eventful past month here in Denver.
I have:
Gone snowboarding...a lot

Realized I am officially living pay check to pay check...aka broke
Gone home to Delaware

Got accepted into Eastern...YAY

Started a new position at the Rescue Mission with the Refugee program and community outreach

Finally started to feel like I fit in at Ann Taylor Loft

Started realizing Denver's real beauty

Began to realize I am truly not here for myself
Started appreciating what I have and what I had growing up

Learned how to lean on others for support

Made new friends. (doesnt she look friendly?)

Found a church (fellowship denver)

Got a speeding ticket
All of these things and is crazy and its funny how when you really do start to pray for things, God really does give you opportunity and a little voice in your ear telling you to do right and change...theres this quote in Evan Almighty that says..
"If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?"

I think that is beautiful and so true. It has been very true for me, especially recently....I have been praying to be humbled and I think I could be the definition of "humbled" right now. It is the hardest thing I have ever experienced and I know I will come out of this a changed person because I am no longer depending on myself. I can't..I would drown. Life is short and the are hurting people in the world that we cross paths with everyday...why not love them? Why not take a little time to hear their story...why not a little bit less of us and a little bit more of others?

To leave you with a humbling fact...I just found out that there are 1,000 kids who are homeless in the Denver Public School system at any given time. 1,000!!! And 20% of the other students probably are too...but they go undetected. I learned this among other startling statistics at a staff meeting...tell me you wouldn't have walked away from that humbled and wanting to change the problem is..where and how do i start?