Lent is a time of reflection and a time to work toward pleasing God, and as a practicing Catholic, I love the “mid-year New Year” where I’m filled with renewed hope and a passion for bettering myself and my community. For Lent this year, I’ve challenged myself to volunteer at one new place each week, to eventually discover where I’d like to continually volunteer for the next while. I’m a little behind, so I’ll be visiting two places next week, but I went to an assisted living center one day this week – and loved it!
I’m not the most patient person, which was something I vowed to improve January 1, so I didn’t know how much I would enjoy time with the elderly, or how much they would enjoy having me around. I was happily surprised.
Being around those that are happy and thankful, in the daylight (I work third-shift. If I’m awake after work, I’m basically sleep-walking, aware of the sun) was so refreshing. I felt renewed, despite not taking a nap that day. They were smart and easy-going, not to mention quirky – they all had a unique personality. I had such a good time that I’ve already committed to volunteering more, though I’ll continue my promise to try a new place each week.
Besides putting me in a good mood for the rest of the day, it has given me the idea to apply for assisted living jobs. I’m not in nursing, but my communication and writing skills can be put to good use when it comes to activities, newsletter and volunteer coordination. I’ve seen some in the past that I pushed aside, thinking I wouldn’t enjoy them, but I’m going to revisit those options. Not only do I think I could enjoy them now, I feel like my work would be purposeful and please God, wrapping it all back around to the point of Lent.