Relationships are more important than material goods. We lacked our homes,
our beds, and the comforts to which we have become accustomed. But we were a
group of people who were dedicated to making life better for each other. The
value of our relationships became more important than the material plane on
which we usually live.
6. A little bit
of humor goes a long way. There’s nothing funny about waking up at 4:30 AM
to prepare for serving breakfast at 5:00. Nor is there anything humorous about
riding more than 100 miles in one day on a bicycle. But we learned to look for
the humor in all situations so that we could enjoy the adventure.
7. We must adapt
to change. At home, one can shower, eat, and go to sleep whenever one wants.
But on a journey orchestrated to move this many people, there have to be set
times for all activities. One learns the schedule and adapts to it, rather than
try to make it adapt to one’s personal needs.
8. We appreciate
what we have. This is especially true when we are faced with a situation in
which we temporarily lack what we usually have. We miss our family, friends,
pets, home, and other aspects of our lives. Being without those for a short
period of time puts them into perspective so that we can appreciate them all the
more upon our homecoming.
these lessons apply to families? It serves children well when parents help them
to focus attention outside of themselves; get them to think about things other
than how their hair looks and what kinds of shoes they are wearing.
lessons are applicable to all community service projects. Families can help to
guide their children in a wide array of activities, including tutoring a child
who needs help, serving meals in a homeless shelter, visiting elderly people, or
running errands for those who cannot get out of their homes.