The story below is based on a phone conversation that Lynette and I had in September 2011. I audio recorded the conversation, and then listened to it later while creating the painting called “Lynette’s Story”.
“I have always wanted to contribute on a global scale. I have wanted to do Habitat for Humanity for many years. I researched it back in 2004-2005 and the opportunity never really came up.
And India is always a place that I have wanted to go. To experience the culture and the people. It represents spirituality to me. I am super excited to being doing two things that I have wanted to do for so long now.
I want to help people that are in need. And build a home for them because a home is huge for people. Having a home represents stability. And it represents that their family can have a safe place to be. Wanting to work with Habitat for Humanity all goes back to having a sense of stability.
For me, experiencing the loss of my parents by the time I was 20, I didn’t have any real stability. I was on my own and had to fend for myself. I had a little nest egg where I could put some money down to buy an apartment. Having that home, someplace to live, is huge because that grounds you. Just having that grounding home base where your family meets and you eat, and you connect up with your family members. So having a home to call your own for these people is I think is going to give them whatever they need to help their families.
Family for me has always been important, although I haven’t really had a family. So I guess that one of the reasons I really want to do this in particular. Because home and family mean that much to me. That sense of home and that sense of family is for me something that I have always wanted and have never really completely achieved. Yes, I have an apartment. Yes, I can call it home. But if you have family in it, it just means so much more.
It’s that whole ripple effect. We help one family, and then another family, or two other families, might be motivated by that and try to achieve the same thing. It’s also that sense of community. I believe that family and community are a huge thing. What is this going to mean to the family that we’re helping out? Can they start entertaining in this home and with their friends? Will they bring friends over, and influence the people around them as well? This to me could also be a very great outcome of all of this as well. That by building a home we’re influencing all the people in the area as well.
For me contribution has always been important because I know what it’s like when you need help. I know what it’s like when you need support. And contributing and supporting people in need all stems from that. I am not going to provide it for them, but I am going to help them. It speaks to humanity. People need to help each other out. They need to think about other people. It’s a helping hand. It’s really wanting to reach out and lift people up when they need it.
And for me I am just so excited to be doing this. I am so excited to meet the family and just show them that I am really enthusiastic and just really want to help them.
I know that what I am going to be exposed to in India being a third world country is going to be a life changing experience. I don’t know what is going to unfold. It’s going to be really interesting to see what it’s going to be like when I get back. All I know is that people have told me it’s a life changing experience. So, I’m open for it. Bring it on”.