Influences, wisdom

Jo’s Journey – (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) A Richer Life

Photo of holiday ornaments on a tree, taken by Joana Miranda
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
(Winston Churchill)

When I think back to my most memorable Thanksgiving, what comes to mind is the year I found myself alone with nowhere to go since I had just dumped my boyfriend.  Yes, life (and I suppose me to a certain extent!) was cruel back then.  Maybe because I was feeling guilty, or because making lemonade out of lemons is preferable to sitting at home feeling sorry for yourself, I decided to look into volunteer opportunities for the holiday.  Long story short, in the end, I found myself driving 3 little dearies to a Thanksgiving church luncheon.  Blue hairs aside, they were a lively bunch – and all were extremely grateful for the ride and my company.  One even gifted me with a two dollar bill; a tip of sorts, I guess.  The truth was that I could have paid them for making MY day!

Although that experience was a while ago, the desire to reach out and help others hasn’t left me.  I’m lucky that I now live in a city that has an organization like New York Cares.  This wonderful group pairs volunteers with project-oriented work opportunities around the city.  You can volunteer as much (or as little) as your schedule and interest allows.  I just signed up for my first event – assisting at a holiday party for the elderly – and I plan to keep signing up.

This is the life!


    • Hi Pa,

      As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! (In other words, I definitely inherited the generosity gene from you guys!)

      Love, Jemoona

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