Monday, March 12, 2018
Daily Thought 2018
As I get ready to go and serve at Camp Blue Skies this weekend it marks the 8th year I have engaged and served as a counselor and program instructor. When I get to share my “Balance Your Body” fitness program to the campers it the most rewarding experience and something that adds so much value to my life. What an amazing journey this has been that started over 10 years ago when I first met Brent Sesler. Brent is an adult with a developmental disability called Williams Syndrome and he has touched my heart and drawn me to this work with his beautiful soul. I don’t consider Brent’s condition a disability, he has taught me so much about life and what it means to really love people with all your heart. The lessons learned that I have come to understand by being so fortunate to have met Brent and his family is to be present in our lives with the people that matter to us the most. Please view this video (Opening Skies) that tells his story and what this camp is all about.
Each time I get to serve at one of these amazing camps I realize I get as much back in return as I give as a result of my service. What gets revealed is that in the act of serving someone else we actually serve our own needs to be purposeful and make our lives matter. This very special need we have to serve others is very important to our own personal development. The good feelings we get from service adds to our own sense of self worth and builds within us a relationship with ourselves where we like who we are on a deeper level. Give yourself away in pursuit of something that enhances other’s life experience and find you build something inside of you that enhances your own life experience and improves your own health by increasing your self-esteem. Care about others to care more about yourself.
Camp Blue Skies is a non-profit foundation that provides a camp environment to adults with developmental disabilities to teach life skills and build self-esteem through a challenge by choice philosophy. If you can support the work of this foundation please consider a donation here.
“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not truly knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.” Albert Einstein
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