Joy in Service

April 24, 2013 • 340 views

Ashley Lanuza,contributing  student writer from San  Gabriel Mission High School.

Ashley Lanuza,contributing
student writer from San
Gabriel Mission High School.

Joy in Service

My school required me to complete service hours as part of our curriculum. For my remaining hours, I gave my service to the elderly patients of Vista Cove in Arcadia. Though I was there for a short time, I was full of joy. I loved to visit the residents, and I immediately became attached. One resident had a wondrous smile, like that of a child; it brought upon me an unexplainable happiness. I felt that I was finally doing something right, and found a place where I can comfortably serve my community.

I’ve worked with elderly patients prior to my experience at Vista Cove. However, this was the first time I felt complete joy with what I was doing. I learned even more about myself. I learned that a smile after such pain can bring me the most selfless happiness possible. I learned that I love to serve others because it brings me pure contentment and bursting love.

I think we should all find time to help the ones who need our assistance. A simple smile, laugh, or hug from a helpless stranger can do more than “make your day.” It will make your life on earth an experience worthwhile.

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