Community breeds freedom.

Yesterday I talked with a couple about their marriage over coffee. They have been together 47 years. and they are homeless. and they are in love. They sacrifice for each other every day and make the most of every moment together. They share with me the things they do have: communication skills, experiences, joys and heartaches, thankfulness. And they don’t expect from me the things that they dont: money, a place to sleep, or a meal. They know more about love than I ever have and more about thriving than I. They instilled in me a new found freedom. They are exceptional. And they are a part of my community.

I am currently sitting on the couch with my favorite two year old in the whole world, watching a movie and eating a peanut butter sandwich. She called me on her mother’s cell phone this morning to request a special date with me. She plays with chalk, dances in the living room, and likes to go outside and throw rocks. She laughs about nothing, cries about nothing, and is convinced that a bandaid cures a tummy ache. She is learning ballet and prays for people outloud without being asked. She instills in me a new found freedom. She is exceptional. And she is part of my community.

Three weeks ago I began an internship with the people of Open Our Eyes. They shared their heart for the organization with me. They shared their dreams with me. They shared their goals with me, and they invited me to be a part of them. They are there for each other in all things, growing more as a family than just as a group of co-workers. They breed hope, compassion, truth, blessings, and growth. I learn from them constantly. They instill in me a new found freedom. They are exceptional. And they are a part of my community.

Open Our Eyes recently reached 1,000 fans on facebook….1,000 people in our community. 1,000 people in our family. We would love it if you could join us and double that number. Together, we can do great things.

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