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Aug 11, 2013

"We shall practice listening so attentively that we are able to hear what the other is saying -- and also what is left unsaid. We know that by listening deeply we already alleviate a great deal of pain and suffering in the other." -- Anonymous

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"We went to a theatre to watch a documentary yesterday. The audience it attracted was mostly "older" adults..... 70's & 80's. While writing for the film to start. I was blessed to be engaged in conversation with a few different people who shared stories of their youth with me. I loved their energy & loved hearing their stories... I was totally absorbed in listening. Their eyes shone telling me their stories & my heart shone hearing them. I left with happiness in my heart a smile on my face. Everyone has stories to share & listening to them is a kindness gift for both the teller & the listener. Grateful." -- Mish

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A Personal "Volunteer" Day
November 24, 2014 - Posted by lightshade11

Today was my personal "volunteer day" :)

First, I woke up early to walk my friend to the animal shelter a little over two miles away. Then, at the shelter, I did "cat socializing" (AKA: playing with them) for around 30 minutes before I had to leave to walk another 4 miles to the beach to volunteer in the clean-up of an Autism Speaks 5K walk. On my way there, I asked for directions and ended up getting a ride for the remaining two miles.

Once I got to the beach, I helped clear tables and spent a couple hours picking up garbage (there was a lot!). Afterwards, I turned to go back home and ended up getting a ride back to the animal shelter, where I spent another 40 minutes doing "cat socializing" :) before going home with my roommate/classmate/friend. On top of that, our professor offered us a ride home. I also had brought my roommate the sub I was gifted from the Autism Speaks walk, and also taught her how to make the perfect soft ice cream serve (the twist part). :)

Amusing story of the day: As I got back to the animal shelter one woman stopped me and waved me on, laughing at all the volunteer marks I was wearing (Wildlife Sanctuary shirt, Autism Speaks button, name tag, cat fur everywhere, plus carrying a jacket from a website that takes donations to support animals and a little band on my wrist for another program). Then, I found out that she knew the person who I worked under back at the wildlife sanctuary, so I made a new friend, too. :)

Will be going home tonight to see my mother and little sister, and tomorrow am headed to my aunt's baby shower. It's amazing how when I spend a personal day volunteering, I receive so much more than I could ever imagine. :)
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