Sometimes as Numana staff members, we get to spend time with people who package meals, those who host events and sometimes (though rare) sit with those who receive the food. I knew before I left for my trip to Houston that I would have the opportunity to see all three groups of people this particular weekend.
On long drives I like to listen to podcasts. They help to pass the time. Sometimes I laugh…sometimes cry… and sometimes I don’t even really listen.
This particular drive, I found myself listening to Simon Sinek “Why Leaders Eat Last”. I’m not even sure how I stumbled across it, but none the less I found myself WAY outsmarted by Simon so he had my full attention.
In this talk, Simon Sinek speaks about hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. About thirty minutes into the talk, Simon begins to talk about time. He says “As human beings we put a premium on time… It is a non-redeemable commodity. You spend money, you make money. You spend time and you can never get it back…”
I pondered this for a while. I even found myself pausing the talk so I could think in the quiet. As an employee of a non-profit, we always think about money, but how often do we really think about the importance of the time given! Simon had my mental wheels turning as my physical wheels turned on to Houston.
The next day I had the opportunity to speak with an amazing young lady from Haiti. Nachline, who lived in the orphanage at Mission Of Hope, is now a college student in the USA. Mission Of Hope has a few scholarship opportunities and Nachline was lucky enough to have one of those coveted spots. On summer break, she was able to join us at the meal packaging event.
Meeting Nachline and hearing her story was such an honor. She was humble, beautiful and very well spoken! A physical picture of the Mission Of Hope vision in action!
We talked quickly about life in Haiti. Nutrition in Haiti and what it’s like to see a Numana food packaging event from the perspective of someone who has received the meals.
Something she said about the Numana event struck me like a 25 pound bag of rice. Speaking about the volunteers, Nachline said “They choose that day to help people from another country…For me it’s not just give me a present or give me money. It’s a gift. Give a person TIME to pack [these meals], it’s really important for me.”
Did you catch it?! It’s what Simon says! Time is a precious commodity! Nachline knew it. She could feel the weight of time. In that moment I realized how precious every minute given to pour rice, seal a bag and box up a meal is. Those moments are even felt across an ocean. In Haiti. Rwanda. Columbia.
I’m sure we all feel the weight of time. Getting the kids to school. Back to work. To soccer… oh no it was gymnastics! Sometimes it’s really hard to find the free space to squeeze in a service event or to do something for someone else. What’s amazing though, is the fact that when we make it a priority, to do good for others, our time is not lost. It’s literally felt around the world. It’s not wasted.
That day Nachline spoke for everyone who will receive a Numana meal. “Thank you for your time.”
We want you to come serve with us! Find the time to join us at an event or even host an event. The time won’t be wasted! CLICK HERE to find out how you can get involved!