We all have a long list of reasons to be grateful. In fact, it is suggested we occasionally remind ourselves of those reasons. Good mental health and all.
We have great growing weather, lovely changes in seasons, great soil for crops and livestock. It has made most of us able to make up a good life. As older folks, we have seen many seasons, changes around the world, and astounding advances in science and medicine.
We have all benefited by the good efforts and intentions of others. With all these gifts, we would think that all have an equal chance to make a good life. We really all know better than that, and even some elders are having a tough time.
We can pay back for those gifts. Thousands of seniors volunteer, but we can do a lot more. Time given is precious, and we all see organizations asking for people to sign up even for a day a week. Volunteer hours translate into money for non-profits. They can show it as a match when applying for grants, etc.
Funny thing about helping others. We learn more about how others live, the organization’s needs and goals, meet new people and how to better work with others. It has been said before — the volunteers get so much more from the experience. Of course it tells us again how lucky we are to be able to live in this country.
We have no excuses not to help. It does not take much. We all can do something. Just find a cause and make that call telling the organization that you want to help.
Nedda Simon of rural Princeton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.