Senior Wisdom

Volunteers Plant the Seeds of Kindness

” A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up to make new trees.” Lawrence Lovasik, American minister and writer

Last week, I spoke at a volunteer appreciation dessert for a retirement community. The coordinator asked me if in addition to speaking about my mitzvah project I would address the seniors about blogging.

To open the event, the coordinator announced that this group of seniors had given at least 22,000 hours of volunteer service just this year. This was probably¬† a low estimate of their service hours since several residents hadn’t recorded their time. Wow, that is an impressive number. One senior who was honored as the Volunteer of the Year, told me,¬† “she hates it when people complain that they are bored or there is nothing to do. She keeps busy and active with daily volunteer duties that she said give her great pleasure. Why not give of yourself and help others rather than complain.” I loved that comment!