With all of this talk in recent years of building a southern border wall, I sometimes wonder if people realize there is already a wall that stands today. The wall represents an invisible line that was drawn on a piece of paper by someone far away, some time ago. I am one of the lucky ones that can cross this wall that divides two great countries to and fro with a little issue.
When entering Mexico from the US it becomes instantly real. The sights, smells and sounds are drastically different from the beachfront mansions of La Jolla you can still see in the distance of your rear view mirror. Mexico is beautiful; Baja is what California was before the Toll Roads and strip malls. The news headlines of cartel wars seem almost untrue in a place I find seemingly so welcoming and safe
I have a need to shake up my reality every so often. Increasing the gratitude in my life will recalibrate my attitude. Last weekend I joined 19 dudes in a day of selflessly giving our time to help finish building new home for two families that live within 300 yards from the border wall. There is so much we take for granted in this country but the small things to us are big things to others. We came with purpose, to give our effort in building a home for someone we have never met and knew next to nothing about. It is important to build up those around us. Happiness and love is not a finite resource, building someone else up does not take away from mine, in fact it multiplies my own. It seems ridiculous that I wouldn’t.
With the fast pace of life I can allow my focus to drift away from selfless giving; it builds walls up to allow the cadence of my routine to fill my Outlook calendar. These walls prevent me from experiencing the fullness of this life I was designed to live. These walls prevent me from building the relationships and communities that fill my soul. You can build these walls up but you can also tear them down. By tearing down these walls in my heart I am able to pour into others, create authentic experiences and raise up others; who in turn will raise up others.