by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist

I sat on the floor in our parlor last week engaged in a conversation that started with a question about our quarterly newsletter mailing list.  However, a rather precious story began to unfold from a lady that inspired me to be a better person.

This lady had come by Shepherd’s Cove Hospice to make a donation – something she always does this time of year – and to make an inquiry for her son about our mailing list.  I had been called down to the lobby to respond to her question about the mailing list.  I answered her query, and assured her that her son would be added to the list for the next quarterly newsletter.  Afterwards, she asked me about the possibility of providing hospice services to a friend who was recently diagnosed with inoperable cancer, explaining, of course, it was not her decision, but she hoped either her friend or his sister would request our services.

During our discussion, this precious lady began to reveal how she had met this particular “friend.”  As it turns out, she had gotten wind that someone in her community was in need of lift chair.  She has quite the servant’s heart, so she set out to find one for someone she had never met – just because a need had been identified.  As it turns out, she found one at our Thrift Shoppe.  She took the chair over to deliver it, and felt led, immediately, to befriend this man.  She has since taken on the task of assisting with grocery shopping, cooking meals, laundry and various other functions.  She said the man once said to her, “You did not know me before you brought that chair.  Why are you helping me?”  Her prompt reply was, “It is just the right thing to do.”

But the story does not end there.  This lady went on to tell me she recently discovered, through her church, a couple who had fallen on some hard times – and so, each week, she makes rounds at area grocery stores and purchases items to deliver to their home.

I was in awe!  I was taken aback by the beauty of this lady’s heart – by her selfless attitude – by her giving spirit.  She said someone once asked her why she did not try to “find another husband” after her beloved passed-away.  She said, with a broad smile, “I told them I had plenty of people to take care of, and plenty of things to do.  I don’t have to go ‘look’ for someone to care for.  God just drops them in my lap.”  Her words fell on my heart and resonated in my mind.  What if we all had this same attitude?  What if we saw, or heard of, a need and just set out to attend to it?  That lady earned my utmost respect and admiration that day.  She will never know the impact her stories made on me.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems … You must be the change you want to see in the world.”  I pray his words take root in our hearts and produce “fruit” in our lives.  I hope the next time God drops someone in our lap, we complete acts of love similar to those of my newfound friend – the lady in the parlor.