A little over a year ago, my daughters attended Yoga for Congo for the first time. They had helped me prepare for the event many times, and we had discussed the subject matter and the seriousness of the issue.
Nothing could have prepared me, though, for what it was like to have them in that room with me, actively participating in our collective effort to support our sisters in the DRC.
Nothing could have prepared me, either, for the passion that swept over them in their desire to help. My oldest daughter was so upset by what was going on that within 24 hours, she had formed her own idea of what she would do to help.
This is what she came up with, a way to sew and sell special dolls that would, in turn, enable her to sponsor her own sister in Congo.
She worked so hard on her dolls, with many painstaking hours spent picking out and redoing stitches that weren’t quite good enough the first (or even the second) time. Many tears were shed, and moments of frustration met, but she kept at it. At times she would put the project away for a little while, only to take it back out again soon after. The drive to make a difference outweighed the frustration and challenge that such a large project entailed.
During our world-wide event this past fall, she did sell every doll. I think that the most special one she sold, however, was to a little friend of hers in Utah. Her friend is a wonderful, rough-and-tumble cowboy of a kid. I saw them talking intently outside, while crawling through the dirt. I wondered what they were so serious about. When they came running inside a little later, she told me that he wanted to buy a doll for his little sister. I was worried he’d been guilted into it, so when she ran to get a doll to show him, I asked him if he was sure about using his own money to buy one. He got really serious and said, “From what Ashley said…” then he trailed off and shook his head. “It’s for those ladies in Congo. I really want to help.” I may have cried for a couple of days about that.
Never underestimate these kids. They have the power to make a difference, and they will find their own way to do it. Get out of their way and let them.