Guess what! I’ve been invited to contribute to the newsletter of the nursing home where I volunteer. I thought this space might be a great way for me to ‘practice’ a few ideas. I’ll write here my samples – get an idea how it looks and how it sounds before I submit to the editor.
First, how about some inspiration:
I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love…
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.
Henry David Thoreau, poet, writer, philosopher
Service to others is the payment you make for your space here on earth.
Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.
No matter how big and powerful government gets,
and the many services it provides,
it can never take the place of volunteers.
Throughout my life, I’ve seen the difference that volunteering efforts can make in people’s lives. I know the personal value of service as a local volunteer.
We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.
I have been the recipient of love and service, therefore I can love and serve. There is great satisfaction in service to others, in seeing people and their conditions change.
Clarence E. Hodges
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong.
George Washington Carver
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for someone else.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.
Snowflakes melt alone – but together they can be traffic stoppers!
Volunteers aren’t paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
“You cannot hold on to anything good. You must be continually giving – and getting. You cannot hold on to your seed. You must sow it – and reap anew. You cannot hold on to riches. You must use them and get other riches in return.” Robert Collier
“All that you send into the lives of others, will come back into your own, tenfold”….. May Kay Ash