Have you really given any thought of what you do for other people? Most folks think you have to give large sums of money to an organization or serve long hours on a Saturday at a shelter in the local area. When your time in your day when you stop and listen or talk to someone for just a few minutes can be the service you needed to provide.
In the hospital I work there are many people who have very little to nothing when they come in. We provide clean clothes, shoes, medical care, counseling, check to see if they qualify for funds to live on once they leave. The small things that you and I both take for granted every day. When I hear of a client that has total funds of $800 for the month I will ask them “How do you make it on $800 a month?” and they will share their budget tips with me. They always run out and they have a plan when that happens. They know where the sales are – where they can get a meal – a warm bed – they are tuned in to survival techniques I would not have thought of because I have not been in that type of situation.
As I was leaving work I noticed the clothing room door was open where clients can come and pick out three new to them outfits for when they leave. The gentleman that was “shopping” looked up when I came in and smiled when he saw me. We exchanged “Hey what’s up!” He was grinning from ear to ear and had a man’s pair of khaki pants and a nice polo shirt in his hand. He needed a jacket and was browsing to find one to suit him. He said, “Did you hear my news?” and I smiled, “NO tell me!” with his shoulders squared back and his head held high he said “I have a job interview.” I clapped my hands and said “GREAT! Where?” He shook his head, “It doesn’t matter what the work is along as they will hire me I will work.” We chatted over the interview and I wished him the best of luck on his interview before we parted ways.
Walking to my vehicle I could not stop thinking about him and that smile of confidence he wore. He was leaving a mental hospital, wearing second hand clothes, going to a job interview for a job and could not have been any happier. The service he was being provide with clothes, support and transportation could literally change this man’s life.
I got in the vehicle and began driving out the long parking lot when a hand waving caught my eye. It was the gentleman standing guard at the gates who had attended a CPI class I taught at the beginning of his employment. He was clean shaven, clothes were sparkling clean, and that wave made me grin as I hollered out the window “HEY!!!”. He had been a homeless man whom they gave a job, he slept nights at the shelter and worked for minimum wage. His life had a new direction with what seemed small to alot of people providing the job – but to him – it gave a new purpose.
My point is – it is not just the big things that matter – it is the smallest of things you can do for someone that can change their path for life. A smile, .25 needed for the vending machine to get a drink, listening to someone vent, standing next to someone you don’t know and starting a conversation, a hug, a positive word. The small things matter, as a nurse you can make a difference with your service even when to you it seems too small to be noticed.
Angela was voted 110th Leading Moms in Business , she is the author of “The Nurses Voice” she is also Silver Director for her achievement of being the first Young Living Distributor to build a solid Silver 2nd level Team Performance and over 20,000 in volume without using the phone. She is setting a model of how to build relationships online, through social media, blogging and email. Check out her website at www.angelabrook.com