Getting refilled when times are hard

July 12, 2016

Chef Nick gets hugsReading everything that’s been done and said about last week’s events has been hard. Everywhere I’ve looked, people were discussing the hard topics of racial inequality, police violence, and hate-filled retaliation.

Being a member of a now multi-racial family, I struggled with my own assessment of these topics, mixed along with the idea of white privilege and how it relates to my life. All of this led me to also assess my effectiveness in being a good witness through my presence with and feeding of our BELL campers, who are here to keep learning throughout the summer. How, I wondered, was I perceived by these children?

Needless to say, by Friday afternoon these thoughts left me a little deflated, a little drained, as serious thought tends to do.

Then something happened that filled me back up.

While I was standing at the front desk having a conversation about finances with a coworker, one of our campers walked by to go to the restroom. She walked right up to me and spontaneously hugged my leg. This reminded me that our actions truly do have an impact when they are motivated with love.  We need to fill each other up with love in these difficult times.

We need more hugs.

– Nick Kepp

P.S. A high-five (see below) isn’t a bad option, either.

Chef Nick gets high 5