“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. The trivial things will always matter to those who have nothing or who you choose to help. If you just smile at someone who you may think is having a dreadful day that could change their whole outcome of their day. You may not notice it now but later in life they may tell how a smile changed their attitude about going to work, and they got a promotion. So many soldiers think that we forgot all the sacrifices they have made for our country because of the way they are treated. Many were convicted felons, so they already know people look at them a certain way. Every time you see a veteran you should look at them and give them recognition that they deserve. I think that the little things can truly be a blessing to others because I know all the little things can change any outcome of my day. So, try doing the trivial things first because spending money should not be your first choice every time.
One thing I decided to do at the veteran’s village was bring them food to eat. I also brought my whole basketball team to enjoy the experience of talking to warriors that fought in the war. We brought our basketballs to try to engage with them because we were told they liked basketball players. They asked us many questions about our season and how we felt about last year team winning a national championship. Some didn’t really want to talk about the war because it would bring back horrible memories, so we respected their decisions. One of my teammates helped serve them food and others helped walk them to their place with all their food. Some didn’t come out because they couldn’t they didn’t know how old we were and didn’t want to risk it. We enjoyed talking to them and I truly believed they enjoyed us being there.
It helped me use my core values and skills in a meaningful way by allowing me to properly talk to warriors. I’ve learned that many people don’t ask for much but for a conversation. Every time I see someone having a difficult day I just look at them and smile mostly. I’ll try to interact and hold a conversation with different people every day just to see how their day going. I use my skills to meet new people that I thought I’ll never talk to. Being nice is a lot easier now that I had wonderful experience meeting people who looked death in the eye for me.
I think people should find a way to give back to the soldiers because some don’t have family nor no way to support their family. We can help support them in some sort of fashion that could boost their way of living. Many soldiers from the war are very poor and is living on the streets. They are forced to sleep in the cold and beg people every day for change just to buy them some food. They put everything on the line to go fight in a war they people don’t even appreciate. We as people need to help them do better at life so their legacy can live on .