The Best Of The BestEvery Thursday I volunteer for the day in our Shelter OpShop. I have been doing it for 8 years now, and have met the best of people while working there. Some who bring me chocolates every week, some who write me letters when they can't make a Thursday visit. Generous people who donate the most beautiful goods for us to sell and raise funds. People who collect old blankets at their work, to bring in for the dogs to sleep on.
This week I had seriously wondered if it was time to give it up. Work has been stressful, and I was feeling selfish. Wanting time away from it all, more time for Me.
A lady that comes in every time she spring cleans paid a visit. I was chatting to her, told her my "Woe is me, 3 days off in 2 years. Working 7 nights and 3 days a week" story. She asked whether the shelter would give me a week off if she donated a weeks wages for me. Well, that brought tears to my eyes. I assured her that I was working on it, I would get myself at least a week off soon, and we started chatting about other things. Then she mentioned her husband is not well. He was retrenched 6 months ago, and is suffering depression. Now she had tears in her eyes.
This woman, who I see maybe 3 times a year, has all that to worry about - and she wanted to donate a week of my wages so I could have a break. I am still overwhelmed. I feel so fortunate to know, however vaguely, someone that caring, selfless, and GOOD.
Later in the day, 2 new customers came through the door. They spent 30 mins in the shop but found nothing they wanted to buy. Before they left, they both came up to me and gave me $5 each. "For the animals."
Nope, I'm not giving up my day in the shop. Forgo the chance to have people like that touch my life?