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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 1 month ago

    A Journey to Something from Nothing

    Dear Readers,

    At a young age I set myself on a path of service to others. I grew up in less than perfect circumstances and I wanted to make sure no one else had the experiences I did. So much of this was started on a Christmas morning when we had no tree and no presents under that tree. I’ve always thought of this as my own struggle against indifference and my own way to feel somewhat visible to this world. I’ve remained committed to that goal so many years later.

    Challenges have been abound along this journey. From my continued limited means, to battles with my health both physically and mentally. I get discouraged often when I’m not able to support a cause the way my heart wants to. I have constant fears that others see my attempts as lacking in conviction or for ulterior motives. I have to spend frequent time attempting to block out those thoughts to continue what I aspire to do.

    The moments when everything makes sense is the moments where I know I made a difference. Whether it was the Christmas day I spent serving dinner to people who had no home at the local Rescue Mission, or the drives to donate toys to children fighting health conditions of their own. I sometimes find it hard to fight against the tears when I see the gratitude on someone’s face from something I was able to do. Why became a Toys for Tots bin filled to the brim with toys I bought in a moment when I was finally able to. Why was the look on a face that only had the thing that I helped bring to them, a meal, a toy, a hug, all of these became the why when that was all I chose to have myself in that moment. They are the power I have when everything else in my life feels like a loss.

    The why in my life took the broken heart that I frequently have and has pieced it back together in glimmers and moments when I am able to be the things I often only dreamed for. I am glad that my dream is helping others in their dreams. It fills the empty spaces in my heart and it makes me grateful. To see the change I create with sometimes miniscule offerings has made a profound impact on my life. It even has encouraged others to help share in my vision. My why has become other people’s why as well. A small ripple can become a wave of change and I’m ready to surf that wave for all of you.

    Amor Vincit Omnia,

    Roger
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    • Hi Roger,
      Your devotion to the needy is inspiring. I am sure you are making a difference in people’s lives and that must feel really good. You have taken a negative experience in your life and made the decision to turn that negative into a positive. The world needs more people like you. Congratulations on your commitment and accomplishments!

      Shelley

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      • Shelley,
        Thank you for your kind words. My life has taken an decidedly unusual path to the person I am today. A lot of lessons in my life came from the things I went through. I generally don’t discuss them too much because it’s not something that I enjoy doing. I choose to let what I do with those experiences in my life tell the story and if someone asks me why I do it, that is when I usually tell them.

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    • wow, Roger everything you post on the unsealed continues to amaze me. Not a lot of people can turn a negative journey into a positive one and affect people in a way that many people should be affected. We need more kind hearted souls on this earth to take heed and brighten the world like how you did. We need more people to not let their trauma in life to affect them and their future but to turn that negative into a learning lesson.

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      • One might say that I’d be far better off if I didn’t invest some much into helping others. Financial success doesn’t really mean that much to me. Would I like to make millions of dollars, sure! Though I would likely turn around and give back much of it. There’s a couple cars I’d love to own but I’d rather help someone have a home or a meal they otherwise wouldn’t have. I’ve given the last money I have to someone else more times than most people ever will ever know. I tell people that if I have to go hungry for a day to help someone at least have 1 meal, I’ll do it gladly. I’ve even participated in the Live Below the Line challenge. It’s a challenge to eat and drink on less than a $1.50 a day for 5 days to highlight the over 1.2 billion people on this planet that live in extreme poverty. I completed it one year and had to stop the following year because I actually passed out during the third day and ended up in the hospital.

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    • Roger,
      This was an incredible testimony. Despite the many challenges you have, you found a way to be of service to others. That’s an amazing thing! It is discouraging when we can’t contribute to a cause that we feel strongly about, but just the thought of wanting to help out shows that our heart is in the right place. May you continue to help others with their dreams and live yours also.

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      • Gerald,
        Thanks for the kind words. I try to do a service with almost everything I do. Even the majority of car shows I attend have a charitable element to them. I went to one last year in Avon, Ohio that was being held at a minor league stadium. While the car show was going on, there was an active relay for life going on in the stadium. That day the people at the car show raised over 6 thousand dollars for the American Cancer Society. It’s always great to combine leisure with service.

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        • Roger,
          You’re most welcome. That’s good you try to do a service for everything that you do. I’ve never been to a car show, but you have me curious to look at some chips to see what they’re like. That’s great that car shows can have a charitable element to them. 6,000 for the American Cancer Society is incredible! I like that sentence, combine leisure with service. Brilliant stuff!

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