Today we reflected on how three Quaker quotes relate to the role individuals have in responding to community needs.
“Let your life speak.”
– It’s what you do, not what you say
– If you do community service, you don’t need to brag about it. Let your actions speak.
“…the Testimony of equality beings with the belief that the Light is present in us all.”
– We wonder whether ALL people are truly worthy of “respect.” Would “thought” or “a voice” or “love” be a better word?
“… consider the ways in which our testimonies for peace, equality, and simplicity interact to guide our relationships with all life.”
– Be the people who show these qualities in everyday life.
– Don’t think of service as a “task” but rather as useful/helpful. Do it for the sole reason of doing something good for someone else.
– Since this quote is so old, it shows that there has always been a need for service, and will always be one.
– A big part of service is helping people with things that we take for granted (shelter, food, safety, etc).
Over spring break, I returned to Stepping Stones daycare after attending there during my nursery and Pre-K years to help with the children and tidy up around the building. When I was there I helped lay down cots which are plastic woven bed designed for smaller kids to sleep during nap time. I also swept dirty places in and out of the building as well as taking out garbage from each classroom. Along with those other takes, I brought the lunch from the kitchen to every classroom which sped up the lunch process to help nap time come sooner for kids. While being there I noticed the flow of everything throughout the building went met much faster and I felt like I was actually making an impact unlike other service opportunities I have participated in.
While at my old daycare, the experience was a very unique one because of the how annoying and obnoxious the kids seemed. Sometimes the teachers would lose patience very rapidly with the children and they would have to raise their voice or put them separate from their students. Also the students would snitch on other students for ANYTHING to get them in trouble. There would be points when I would think “wow these kids are very annoying” but then I noticed that I saw a little of my self in those kids because I was just like them when I was young and that they would think the same thing when they get older. It made me realize how much I have matured.