Countdown to The Giving Tour: Our Thoughts
I will not lie, the closer we get to our “take off date” the more anxious I become. What started out as a dream and a wish is finally becoming a reality – we should always be careful with what wish for!
This trip marks a lot of “firsts” for me – this is the first time I have ever slept on a bus (forget for 5 nights in a row!), the first time I’ve spent a whole week away from my husband, the first time I’ve visited many of these places, the first time I’ve ever lived with any of my co-workers.
There are also a lot of what ifs bouncing around in my mind. What if the people and organizations we’re visiting don’t welcome us as I hope they will? What if they do welcome us, but they don’t like us once they meet us? What if the bus breaks down in the middle of the road? What if I get tongue-tied with the press like Ralph Kramden on the Honeymooners when he was trying to sell the apple corer?
In these moments of anxiety, what calms me is focusing on the reason we are doing this: to learn, inspire, and give. We want to bring attention to the middle of the country, the states that seem to have been forgotten. When we heard that we will be visiting some of the poorest in this country I couldn’t believe it. We are one of the richest nations in the world, but so many of us live with little or nothing – how is this possible?
By driving across the country doing, we want to show people that giving comes in many forms. Our goal is to teach and inspire people to give of themselves anyway they can big or small. Every person is capable of making a difference in someone else’s life. Imagine a world where everyone does something nice for someone else every day. And then imagine that person pays it forward… Imagine the joy. Imagine the peace.
Another huge plus is that my oldest and only son is coming with us to document this journey, and having him there means the world to me. I just hope he is still talking to us after the six days – and hope he edits out the crazy in his videos.
And here are my travel companions’ feelings about our upcoming adventure…