Then when at GUMBO, we went in a circle and shared stories about GUMBO and what we like about it. It amazed me and still does, how almost everyone there had made a mention of “my route” or how I convinced them to come, or how they met me and what not. By the end of it, I felt like I was glowing, all because of how impacted everyone seemed to be because of me. If I ever feel like I don’t make a difference, tonight proved me wrong. I am not trying to be self-centered or selfish but it was just such a complement and almost testimony to who I am and how I do try to get people involved in goods things and how I try to share my good experiences and find people who are interested in something similar. It was beautiful and awesome and I feel like I am just being me, so if I have any impact on anyone, I say that must be G-d moving through me. I feel honored. Also tonight I reminisced upon so many fun and crazy experiences while serving GUMBO. I specifically shared about how I often am more joyful and grateful after homeless ministries because I have been able to serve others, but also because when I get back “home”. When I get back to my apartment, I realize I have an apartment, I have a bed, a warm shower, warm clothes and warm tea and warm food if I so wish. I feel like the richest girl in the world. It brings me back to reality of how not everyone has such things, which I might take for granted. I recall one time after GUMBO, thinking about how I call my apartment at school, “home”. Yet, at the same time, I call where my parents live and where I grew up, “home”. Or how I go to new places and stay there for a while and how that then becomes “home”. Its like our lives are filled with temporary homes and yet we refer home based on an address/location and building. Yet going out and meeting the homeless its like these people are who they are and their home is wherever they are. They have embraced temporary home to full degree. I took it one step further to say maybe this also has to do with treating your body like a temple, a place that welcomes and brings glory to G-d. Anyways it made me think of Carrie Underwood’s song “temporary home”.