Monday, May 29, 2017

DF didn't know about the project at first, but is inspired to do more*

The quote, ​“I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was a
service. I acted and behold, service was a joy.”​ by ​ Rabindranath Tagore​would thoroughly
summarize the effect this service project had on me as a person. However, because I never
expected to be assigned a service project for this American history class, I immediately took this
assignment for granted and didn’t see the greater picture of it. This poor perspective I had can
greatly relate to the saying “ you can either see the glass as half full or see the glass as half
empty.” By seeing it as half full would show positivity, whereas I saw it as half empty would
show negativity. Therefore, when Professor Soldani assigned this project I had no clue on what
would be considered a service or what to do for a service to complete this assignment. Then she
presented to our class a great example and possible option to participate in by helping the
homeless veterans shelter located on Lake Bradford Road in Tallahassee, Florida called Veterans
Village.
Immediately after her presentation, I knew what service I wanted to do and fulfill.
Although homeless, many of these veterans have served in some of the worst battles and wars of
United States history and I have always strongly supported what our military does and sacrifices
for us on a daily basis. These men have some of the greatest stories and testimonies to share
compared to your average U.S. citizen. They have literally seen it all. This is why I thought they
 should deserve nothing more than my fellow classmates and I to support and sacrifice something
for them. I would begin by putting together a donation bag for them. In this bag it would contain
a pair of slippers, large towel, shaving cream and razors, and a bottle of Lysol. These items
would last these veterans for awhile and total to about twenty dollars. I chose these household
necessities because I believed they would be greatly cherished along with their everyday
hygiene.

This project as a whole even had an effect on me and my everyday perspective of life
itself. This is why I chose the quote stated in the beginning, ​
“I slept and dreamt that life was a
joy. I awoke and saw that life was a service. I acted and behold, service was a joy.” ​This quote
would describe me to the tee from beginning to end on this project. Being that before I took this
class and ever participated in a service for anyone, I would go to sleep every night and wake up
every morning loving life but doing everything in my daily agenda just for myself. Then the day
when I received this assignment and chose the service to help these homeless veterans, I would
go to sleep that night and wake up with a new task and frame of mind that morning. Being that I
started noticing that on a daily basis in our world there are other people out there struggling more
than me, needing more than me, and not being to do some of the stuff I am able to participate in
everyday. After I turned in that donation bag, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude and
pleasure come upon me. This feeling I had is really just indescribable. It would show me that I
related even to the last sentence of the quote, “ I acted and behold, service was a joy”. After this
service project it has made me want to participate even more and in other services, not only for
the homeless but also the sick and the starving people out there whether they are in the U.S. or in

a foreign country.