Emily Dickinson, Source: http://www.dejaelaine.com
It’s been an interesting and challenging year. I started the year in great fear for our country. I had been absorbed in the election results and aftermath. I had to find an outlet. I found it in volunteering at a local rural hospital. These are some things I have learned.
- I grew up in a bubble. My parents protected and sheltered me as much as possible from the real world. They had the best intentions.
- I have learned that there are many elderly people who have no one nor no means to care for them. They rely on emergency rooms and public transit for care. They are lonely and want someone to talk to.
- There are babies and small children whose often single parents are struggling to provide for them. They reach out for help which the community cannot provide unless the government helps.
- There is a mental health crisis in our country. Services are needed for these and especially opoid related crisises.
- Some people cannot afford insurance and need the emergency room. We cannot turn them away.
- People who are suffering need someone to talk to, someone who listens, smiles, understands, and who is able to help solve problems.
My experience has been life changing. I am reminded of my favorite words by Emily Dickinson:
“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life from aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”
I wish each of you a Happy New Year. I will be taking a January vacation from writing. See you in February.