Sometimes the great big fat moments in life are actually very small moments that touch your soul in a profound way, making you different than you were the day before. This past Saturday I experienced one of those moments as I served as the announcer for this year’s Help the Homeless Walk in D.C.
The entire experience from the start—which for me was 7 a.m. that day—was powerful, invigorating and a massive reality check on what really matters. Homeless men and women came up to me requesting that the names of their shelters be mentioned as they passed the finish line. Priests came up to me and asked for the names of their churches to be mentioned, too. Hundreds of children asked for their school names to be mentioned and most moving were the thousands of social workers and service providers who were walking with their families and clients, smiling and saying thank you as they passed the riser where I stood, doing my best to represent those smiling faces. What a deeply humbling experience.