A simple gesture
Volunteer service. Is it merely a donated service or activity performed by a group of people for the benefit of the public? I never truly understood the true meaning of volunteer service until I had my own first-hand experience. I was first approached by my neighbour 3 years back to give a lending hand at Tzu Chi Foundation. Delightedly, I accepted the offer thinking how much fun it would be. Perhaps, I became conscious on how blessed I am and taking this chance to give back to the society. My personal views about volunteer service have completely changed since then.
I first started off volunteering in the medical division of the organization, where the main focus is concentrated on providing health services to the underprivileged. I learnt to develop more compassion when given the opportunity to help the elderly group. During hospital visits, I witnessed the isolation and loneliness that they experienced; they were hungry for so much more than food. They were yearning for human interaction and contact. Simple gestures and spending time to build conversations would bring smiles and light up their day. Despite their challenges in life, their spirits and determination are an inspiration for me. They taught me that whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds that stands in your way shall not be a limit to give up in life.
People would commit as a volunteer for many reasons. Although this participation is unrelated to my field of expertise, it enables me to learn first-hand about people, culture and the society. This volunteer service is not about padding my resume but it is for the dawning realization and greater understanding of humanity. I do not look at it as doing something for someone, but assisting the needy in making life better and fulfilling. This is a priceless experience and I am greatly contented to brighten up the faces of the less fortunate in the society.
My time spent volunteering have helped me to realize that the world does not revolve around me, and that the commitment of my time can be a blessing to someone else; which in turn brought out the best of me.