Giving, without wanting OR expecting anything in return, knowing that she’d made a difference, that, was enough for her, translated…
Awhile ago, I’d gone often, to the hospital, to visit my relative who fell ill, I saw a plain-looking, smiling older woman, in and out of the ward close by. I’d heard the head nurse told, that this woman helped as a bedside assistance, but doesn’t charge the people who looked after, she specializes in caring for those who couldn’t afford to hire a bedside assistant, or those elderly who lived alone, and, the days passed by quickly.
I was in awe, at how much she was willing to give to the world, after all, most who’d worked as an around-the-clock caretaker do it for the money, but she had, taken care of the ill, whom she’d never been in contact from before, free of charge, she could be an angel for all we know.
Later on, as I’d struck up a conversation with her, I’d learned, that she’d worked as a manager for the banking systems and had once, walked on Wall Street too, and now she’s retired, she’d become a volunteer caretaker.
Reason why there was this drastic change to her life was because as she’d started working, she’d fallen super ill, and, because there was, a kind volunteer who looked after her, that, was how she was able to recover; and ever since, she’d made up her mind, that one day, she will, give back to the world. As she was working, she’d often donate her wages to the hospitals, to help those who are too poor to pay for the treatments; after she retired, she’d had the time, and earned her caretaker’s certification.
In the hospitals, I’d often seen the family members showing their gratitude toward the older woman, she’d always replied that it was no big deal, that helping the patients make their full and speedy recovery, is what she’d wished for. All of these family members and patients all promised her, that they will cherish each and every day from now on, working hard, to give back to the world, that her heart on them, will not, go to waste.
The older woman said, although being a volunteer caretaker doesn’t pay, and she’d often had to take money out of her own pockets, but she felt fulfilled on the inside; being able to help someone else heal up, so they’d start smiling once more, it’d made her life filled with meanings. I believe, that in everybody’s thoughts, she had managed, to plant some kindness, and, one day in the future, these fruits of kindness will eventually be reaped, making this world even better.
And so, this, is how an act of kindness can affect someone else, and change into many, many, many acts of kindness, the cycle of kindness is rolling, because of this woman’s own life experiences, and her willingness to give back to the world that we live in.