“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”
- Douglas Adam
On July 25,2019 I served a group of veterans to show my appreciation for their service seeing how happy they were for the smallest gesture brought great joy to my heart. When I arrived at the veteran’s center as soon as I got out of my car, they were ready to help me get the drinks upstairs. It was such a nice gesture to see people who don’t even know me personally willing to help me. Not only did they show me gratitude, but they blessed me because I was kind of contemplating on carrying all 4 drinks all at once knowing there is a high risk of me falling down the steps breaking my neck or a few important bones. I stood in a little corner giving drinks out to vets. I smiled and said told everyone I gave a drink to have a nice day. I also gave them suggestions on drinks to try if they asked me for a suggestion. I’m not going to lie I was a little shy at first but then as I got use to the atmosphere, I lighten up a little bit.
This experience helped me use my core values and skills in a meaningful way by giving me the opportunity to use my core values and skills doing what I love which is helping in any way possible. I choose my career path to help people its just naturally who I am I love making a difference and impact everywhere that I step foot in. An experience that I had today was truly beautiful , so my new neighbors just came from Haiti with two daughters with no money. School starts on Monday and she had no idea how she was going to send her kids to school because she didn’t have any money, I felt so terrible because it reminded me of when my mother was in that position. I couldn’t bear the thought of not helping these girls. So, what I did was I used my house deposit for fall I had saved up because I couldn’t imagine them not going to school because of cotton and polyester I took them school shopping and the smile that was placed on their face is a smile I will always remember for the rest of my life. It’s the smallest things that can turn someone’s whole life around.
I think others should find ways to contribute because it could have been easily them. It also feels good knowing you did something to make this world a better place. You don’t have to have money to make a difference simply smiling at someone is contributing to society. Spreading positivity is contributing. Donating clothes, you don’t wear anymore is contributing there is 1000 ways to make a change and if someone with knowledge of making a difference and chooses not to utilize it that’s on them because karma is a bitch.