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A hope note

Millard Fuller grew up in a cotton-mill town in Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama. There he met and married Linda. After graduation, Millard started a company that made him a multi-millionaire before he turned 30. Just when the Fullers had all the money and things they could ever want, and they were talking with an architect about building their dream house, Millard came home one day to find Linda gone.
Shocked and devastated, he pursued and finally found her in a motel in New York City. She told him how miserable she was, how there had to be more to life than working and acquiring things and climbing the success ladder and never seeing each other. They went to see a movie ironically titled, ‘Never Too Late.’ Too distraught to sit through the movie, Linda and Millard began walking the streets of New York. They sat on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and explored what they really wanted out of life. That night they made the decision to sell everything they had. Not knowing exactly what they were going to do next, they knew it would have to be consistent with the values they got growing up, before they got rich.
The Fullers eventually developed a concept of no-interest housing in which poor people could invest hundreds of hours of ‘sweat equity’ and have their own homes. The organization they founded, Habitat for Humanity, has grown into a worldwide network of tens of thousands of volunteers who have built almost 200,000 houses in 100 countries.
When life feels empty or meaningless, perhaps we should ask ourselves if we’ve possibly lost our way, if we’re being true to our deepest values, if we’re giving too much of ourselves to making a living and not enough to making a life.