When working in government and corporate worlds I focused on work and my family. The latter led me to coach kids soccer, sit in cold hockey arenas and become involved in my children's schools. Other than giving money to charities, I never had or gave, however you want to see it, time to be more involved in the communities in which we lived. Now, retired from the hustle and bustle of corporate life and with children grown, helping others has become an important, satisfying part of my life.
On moving to Quito, Ecuador, I found myself living in a beautiful but poor country populated by people who welcomed me with open arms and warm hearts. Despite poverty, I was always met with a smile and friendly conversation. I discovered that what I thought were the most minimal contributions of time, effort or money ( eg, 50 cents ) were met with graciousness and sincere appreciation. I saw that the poor were proud, hard working and determined. I saw the same love, parent to child and commitment to family that has been central to my life.
By good fortune, a friend introduced me to a Rotary Club - San Francisco de Quito. She said that my personality would fit in with other members and that it would give me an opportunity to integrate into the community and practice my beginner Spanish. Accepting this invitation has given me a new group of very good friends with whom caring for others and each other is key to their lives. A photographer and one of a few who speak English well, I have become the club photographer and representative for relations with foreign clubs.
Some of my most wonderful, touching experiences have come from our working with poor communities in remote villages in the Andes Mountains. Focusing on the children, we are building playgrounds, supporting schools and assisting in the delivery of medical support. Some photos of the children are included in my photographs, which you can find by clicking Ecuador Street Scenes.
You are mature, a Baby Boomer, perhaps a Zoomer, you have the ability to help others, to touch hearts and receive rewards of caring relationships with others.
There are many groups / clubs in communities around the world that are looking for you. Find one that meets your needs. Giving and sharing for and with others will brighten your day, give you more friends and renew you commitment to and interest in life. As the saying goes " Just Do It ! " .
Feel free to tell me and my readers how this kind of experience has impacted your life. I now have a smile and positive things to look forward to, every day.
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