Helping people and trying to make someone's life a little better should be ordinary. We should not think twice about extending ourselves. Trying to lessen someone's burden should be a daily occurrence. Unfortunately, we often get wrapped up in our own matters. We forget about those around us. Often, I am guilty of this.
Through this internship, I can truly say I remembered the importance of humility and compassion. As an Advocate, I was accountable for someone other than myself. My clients invoked my help. Each week, I called to check in and make sure everyone was doing well. I shared my client's frustration as well as their joy. I felt compassion for my clients. I tried to listen to each story, without judging. Without predispositions or negative assumptions, I tried my best to help each client. I never felt that the work I did was extraordinary or remarkable. Yet, each client showed me incredible gratitude. It was truly humbling. To me, I did little. For them, it meant so much.
Luckily, I am returning to Health Leads in the fall. I consider myself truly lucky to have been such an incredible opportunity. Remember, the most important thing we can do is help others! :)
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead