Smile Newsletter: One in a Thousand, 4th Floor, A Special Brother
Sep 11, 2011
“What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?”– George Eliot
Idea of the Week
141.jpg“Several months ago, I heard from a friend about a young lady who had recently moved to our area. She was a student from another country with only her small stipend to make do. My friend told me that she had very little in the way of possessions. I got the young lady’s telephone number and called her, explaining that I was a friend of a friend and I heard she might be able to use a few household items. She said, “Yes, thank you!” and mentioned that she had slept on the floor of the apartment the night before with only her coat to cover her and that it was a bit chilly. I put the word out to a couple of my friends about this young lady and started collecting items that would be good for her apartment. When we actually arrived at her place, we saw that LITERALLY there was no furniture in the apartment. Someone had loaned her a sleeping bag but, otherwise, it was a vacant. After unloading our offerings she thanked me over and over again and could not believe that all these people whom she had not even met had given her so much. She asked if there was anything she could do to repay us. I told her: “Yes. there is one thing you can do for us: when you are in a position to help others, please remember to try and help.” With a smile on face she assured me that she would.” –moral12

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Comment of the Week
“I work as a volunteer for a hospice agency. One of my longer-term patients has been slowly deterioriating in health and mental functions. He slept a lot during his last few weeks.

I would sit by his side while he slept, which was very ackward for me because I felt that I should be doing something actively to help this man. At times, I felt like sneaking away and letting him sleep, but I stayed.

During one of my visits he had been dozing off during our conversation and then finally went to sleep. I was just about ready to go and he woke, looking into my eyes with one of the biggest smiles I had ever seen from him. He said, “I really like it when you are here, it’s so peaceful.”

I have found, during my years of hospice volunteering, that just being there makes a world of difference for lonely people. We don’t have to talk, we don’t have to do something, we just have to be there for each other.” –Mutoman

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