One of my favorite parts about Special Olympics events is when I thank the volunteers for their time, and they say, “No, thank YOU! We are so very thankful for this opportunity.” And in further discussion you find they volunteered once as a “good deed” and now it’s 20 years later and they wouldn’t miss it.
Many of us seek ease as happiness; or to step in for the sole purpose of a “good deed” to check a “feel-good” box without deeper intentions. But when we make a choice instead, to dive under the surface, to see what this “other life” really and truly means, we find the challenges are actually beautiful in their own way. It’s a new adventurous world that cracks open our hearts in a way we didn’t know possible. Like the Grinch’s heart expanding outside of his chest. But he too had to dive off his own hill with one intention, only to come back with a whole new unintended perspective.
Life can be deeper if we allow it to be. It’s up to us to make the dive.