“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you do, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
Lately, I have been pondering on this quote and realized that there is so much truth that comes with it. You won’t be remembered by what you do, rather by how you make others feel through your actions. It is so important to always have a humble, giving heart to help those in need because everyone has different, unique, and specific needs. This calls for everyone to reach out and make a difference.
On November 15th , a coworker and I went to the Veterans Village to volunteer. The day prior we baked brownies and a cake to share with the veterans for dinner the next day. When we were there, we helped set up the food onto the table, place the utensils in the corresponding food trays, and we helped serve plates of food to give out to the veterans. After an hour, when most of the Veterans had already been handed their food and receive seconds, it was time to go home.
Having attended the Veterans Village dinner opened my eyes in a number of different ways. It made me feel both guilty and was heartwarming, oddly at the same time. I felt guilty that I had to be in college to realize that there were Veterans that could feel cared for just by having us make them something to eat, yet it felt heartwarming knowing that they were going to eat a delicious dinner that night, and the day after. Growing up, one of the core values that my parents instilled in me was to help those in need in any way you can; so being aware that the veterans felt cared for, and that I was part of that was incredible. Overall, the experience made me want to volunteer again.
I strongly encourage others to get involved and contribute in any way they can because not only does it make you feel like you’re contributing to society, but you’re also caring for those who fought for your freedom. To be able to do something simple as baking a cake for a veteran is a tiny way of saying, “thank you for fighting for my freedom and putting your life at risk for our country, I don’t have much to offer but here is how I’m displaying my gratitude.” They may forget how the food you made for them tastes like, what your name is, the conversation you might have had with them, but as Maya Angelou says, “ they will always remember how you made them feel” and that is something that money cannot buy, it is something that has to come from a giving heart.