One of my favorite books as a high school student was Promises to Keep by Dr. Tom Dooley. Dr. Dooley loosely quoted Albert Schweitzer “do something for those who don’t have it so good”. Those words helped me make the decision to enter the nursing profession-a decision I have never regretted in my 40 years of Maternal-Child nursing.
As my active nursing career was coming to the retirement phase-once again those words came to mind. Becoming an active volunteer in 2009 at Helping Hands reinforced that decision.
I do not claim to be a Mother Teresa, but do like to think that listening to my patients, sharing a prayer with them does make a difference in their lives and in mine.
The other volunteers have become a source of support and friendship for me. We laugh together, share a tear together and have formed a bond of shared commitment to helping our patients.
Why I volunteer? Simply stated: doing something for those who don’t have it so good.