Anything is Possible

When you are up to your eyeballs in trouble and stress, perspective is sometimes hard to muster up. When you have been disappointed one too many times, hope seems more like a taunt than a promise. When you are struggling with your mistakes and wondering if you will ever get it right, it can be hard to believe that life can ever get even a little easier. When you are down at the bottom, even though there is nowhere to go but up, it can seem impossible to believe there is any way to get there.

anything-is-possible-_4.jpgTheir life is almost impossible to imagine. As I type these words and as you are reading them, it is pretty much a sure thing that you and I are both safe, secure, and, within reason, are able to stay that way. We are not faced with the daily struggle of survival and we don’t know what it is to go without basic human needs. Due to the randomness of birth, we live in and belong to a country that ensures that we are given safety nets and provision. Not so for this family.

anything-is-possible-_1.jpgThis family lives on the edge of a community called Aguas Negras. There are three of them in their home: the father, mother, and their 15 year old son. They are so deeply impoverished that even the other families in this small, poor community that they are a part of feel compassion for them, but are unable to help them. Their world is wrapped up in cardboard, driftwood, rusted tin, and re-used porous wood – all of it battered by the elements they are subjected to.

anything-is-possible-_3.jpgTheir house is in a flood path, and there is LiveDifferent (formerly Absolute)ly nothing they can do to change it. They lack all the basic supplies that shouldn’t even be in question: no beds, dry blankets, or clothes. They have no safety, no privacy, and lack the ability to even try to properly cook anything. Their feet swell from being in the dirty water all the time, and rashes are starting to form because they are always wet. In this place, hope might be completely impossible to imagine.

But anything is possible, isn’t it?

anything-is-possible-_2.jpgHero Holiday needed to find projects for the summer that would both benefit a family’s immediate needs and help to shape their future. This family is more than in need and we are more than willing to do what we can to help them. In one month from now, tones of Canadians will be working alongside of them and others in their community to reshape the future of Aguas Negras.

As Cole, our Construction Manager, stood at this family’s door and told them that we would like to build them a house this summer, the news began to sink in and their son began to cry and repeatedly murmur, “Mucho gracias, mucho mucho gracias.” What they may never understand though, is that we should be thanking them, because by allowing us to help them, they are helping us to remember why we hope. And when we remember that, anything is possible.

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Author: LiveDifferent

Date: June 17th, 2011

Time to move on…so what’s next?

sols.jpgSo the year has come to an end and the house is once again bursting at the seams with excitement and all the SOLs, but mostly just luggage. The last week of shows was bitter-sweet. I don’t think I’ll miss 5:30am mornings and setting up the truss, but I will miss hearing stories from students across the country and the impact that a simple message of hope can bring to those who seem to have lost it. This year has left a lasting impression on what the future will bring for me and although I’ll miss all the experiences I’ve had on the road (and in Mexico) with such amazing people, the most we can do is use this year to continue bettering our world. As much as our world is filled with pain and suffering from every corner and down every street, paved or gravel, this year has taught me that where evil exists, there is always good. It is our choice to see the good as well as the evil and our choice to pick which side we stand on.I never would have thought at the beginning of the year that these 12 strangers would become so close to me and such a huge part of my life. Every single person in this group fits into the puzzle in making why this year was so amazing. We’ve all shared tears, rage, passion for change, but mostly laughter. Walking onto the stage for the last time with the mic in my hand made me realize something, that this was just the beginning of what I’m doing to make a difference in our world. Not the ending, rather just the conclusion of this part of the journey. Time to move on, new footsteps, new countries, new parts of our own country. There is not a place in the world that doesn’t need a hand to hold, but also not a place where there isn’t a hand to hold in return. Just look for the good behind the evil always, remember the dark is not permanent and search for the light.One thing I think everyone could agree on is that we’ve learned this year is that every single day when you wake up you choose the person you’re going to become. Hopefully we make choices that will help us be the most positive influence we can be in the world. So whats next?shane.jpgShane – SOL Student

Author: LiveDifferent

Date: June 3rd, 2011