Sunday, December 9, 2018

Service Project: Derrick - "It’s so easy just to help out and put a smile on someone’s face"

“When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.” -Jens Stoltenberg
            I chose this quote because it felt like the best thing to remember when thinking about helping others. It’s not the big things or accomplishments someone have in life that makes a difference. It’s the small things like giving a person a compliment or just helping out once in a while that really impacts someone life.  Especially helping at veteran’s village. Yesterday I went to the veteran’s village to help out and see what Dr. Soldani is always talking about. The entre I ended up bringing was crab rice. first thing first the people who live there are very helpful because before I even found the area I was going, someone helped me find the exact room I was looking for. Its very different than what I expected it to be, but I enjoyed myself so much. The people there are just a joy and seemed very grateful and thankful for the food that was given to them. I didn’t expect it at all to be that many people there to be honest, but it was something that I will always remember. I was also given the opportunity to interact and meet other students from Tallahassee Community College. I would assume the other student were from Dr. Soldani’s other classes because I did not know who they were. The best moment while volunteering at veteran’s village was when one man came into the building and just started to pray. He prayed over the food, gave thanks to the students that were helping out and just gave thanks in general for seeing another day.
            I have a few skills in life. And one skill that I am great at would be cooking. I love cooking that is a passion of mine. So, the fact that I was able to cook a dish for a whole bunch of people made me super happy. Another skill of mine would be communication and being outgoing. These two skills helped me as I went to the veteran’s village. Not a lot of people can just ask for direction or just talk to someone they do not know. The fact that I talked to new people and had great conversations with them made me feel great inside. Interacting at veteran’s village just helped me see that the small things in life matters. It also showed me that if I push myself, I can be better in life. That there are hard times, but I will get through them regardless the situation. The skills I have I will use the to keep going and use my skills to help other out know matter especially the ones who can’t help themselves out.
            On the other hand, other people besides myself should find ways to contribute to society. It’s so easy just to help out and put a smile on someone’s face. Its not hard at all to do something small. Take the time out of your day and just give a helping hand. I promise, and I know for sure that if people take the time out their day to help out it would put a warm feeling in their heart. What a lot of people don’t understand that the small things in life are really the things people notice. People notice the small things and run with them and will do something to help someone else out. At the end of the day I want to say that this moment and this feeling I have right now I will always remember this is a feeling that will not just go away.