“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”
~ Douglas Adams
This past week, I had the honor of attending Professor Soldani’s Veterans Village Dinner! I thought of it as a great opportunity to help the veterans who so hardly fought for the freedom we have today, and to grab some extra bonus points in a class that I haven’t exactly struggled in but could use the extra points. I myself prepared a pan of potato wedges with a parmesan topping, but that’s besides the point, let me get into what I did at the event. When I arrived, I was instructed to help get food on plates, as we conducted a makeshift assembly line. I put mac & cheese on the plate, a fellow classmate (Jessie) put ham on it, and we passed it onward to some other classmates who asked our guests what else they would like. Overall, it was an engaging experience and one I’d be glad to participate in again, if given the opportunity.
The core values and skills I was able to portray ties into the quotation I used today by Douglas Adams, in which me and my classmates demonstrated sincerity and integrity by serving those who needed food, with a smile, and not asking anything in return. These skills also correlate into my work life, and as I work at Chick Fil A, I also must demonstrate these values of being a smiling, ray of sunshine to all who need it, even on my worst days. Attending this dinner helped me grow that ability, and I hope to someday incorporate it into every area of my life.
In fact, I enjoyed attending this event so much, that I urge others to also get up out of their comfort zone and help others who may not be as fortunate as us! You never know when you might be in a similar situation, and if no one shows you the kindness you show others, then you will be in a pickle someday when you most need help. We should be a light for others so that someday, the people we help can be a light for us. Participating in this event was a delight, and I hope the world can someday unite, and we can all help one another.