Volunteer work is good for the soul of most people. Maybe it is especially good for the griever. There are a number of things about giving freely of yourself that gives back. First, volunteering is usually quite social. Meeting new people and making some new friends is a good thing. Interaction with like-minded folks is uplifting. Remember as many hands make light work there is a kind fellowship happening. Second, sharing your knowledge and skills for the better of a community shows gratitude. Do you love your town, your church or some other organization? Give them your time. You will feel richer for it. Like a breath of spring air, belonging to something outside yourself provides new growth and self-awareness.
Yesterday, I volunteered to administer covid-19 vaccinations. As a retired Physician Assistant, I can still give shots. I shared a table with a young lady who just received her nursing degree. We had a blast comparing notes of what I did 40 years ago compared to what she is doing today. While some things remain the same (no bubbles in the syringe) other things in our health care system are incredibly innovative. Not only did we share some laughs, but we also enjoyed meeting our patients and easing their fears.
By the end of the day we, along with lots of other volunteers, administered 200 vaccinations. It reminded me why I loved my previous job so much. I miss that social interaction with my patients. That ability to help someone stay well and get well, if need be. I can’t explain how I felt every time I gave a veteran his vaccination. You know the old guy wearing a military cap, or he has a “sempre fi” tattoo on his shoulder and/or an American flag on his t-shirt. While they were thanking me for volunteering, I was telling them what an honor it was to serve them. I received so much more than I gave.
Good For the Soul. Happy Easter.