The Start of Something Beautiful. Reflection Two by Grayson Lupex
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I feel as though you can never truly appreciate an experience until you’re in your final moments looking back upon how far you’ve come or the trials and struggles that you went through to reach that point. The journey leading up to the end point is just as important as the end point itself. In one of my favorite artist’s words, “It’s beauty in the struggle.” Sometimes we must stop, smell the roses and take it all in. Leading up to my experience interning at Trinity Cafe the previous year was hellish, but my time at Trinity Cafe became the start of something beautiful for me. I’ve learned things beyond just how to fix a widget on WordPress or how to align images with one another to ensure that a webpage looks seamless. I’ve learned to love myself, to appreciate all of the things that I have (and don’t have), and to strive for greatness in all that I do no matter what obstacles I may face (because at the end of the day someone else out there has obstacles far beyond the ones that I do).
The compassion and kindness of the volunteers and professional staff at Trinity Cafe is unlike any other compassion and kindness that I have experienced before – it’s genuine, sincere, and heartwarming. To be surrounded daily by individuals that have such a deep passion for others was incredible to say the least. In my short time at Trinity Cafe I found myself again. I grew stronger and gained knowledge and experience that I never imagined I would obtain. I’m grateful that God placed Trinity Cafe in my path. I’ve formed friendships with some of the most brilliant and lively individuals I’ve ever met and I’m thrilled to say that I believe these friendships will be lifelong ones. There are no judgements here. Everyone including our guests come as they are and we all interact with one another for a small period of time each day, but it’s true that the short amount of time we share together daily will change your life. They changed mine almost every single day for three months. As one door closes for me and another opens I just wish to say thank you to everyone at Trinity Cafe that I have been blessed to come into contact with, thank you for reminding me that there is good in the world, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of something so special.
“Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better, I do believe I have been changed for the better, and because I knew you… I have been changed for good.”