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Day 171: Healing the World One Foot at a Time

One of the greatest gifts I get through 365give are the people I meet. Either a friend of a friend or through Facebook and Twtter. It amazes me how generous people are and brilliantly changing the world in their own way. I have recently had some health challenges and I always seek non-medical ways of healing my body. Whether is is message therapy, chiropractic, naturopathic or reflexology. I recently had a reflexology treatment by a women I greatly admire. She is a mother, wife, reflexologist and volunteer. Her name is Jen and I asked her to share her story as a volunteer in my community. She is helping a group of people that I think are so worthy of our time. A generation of people we sometimes forget about and discount because of their age.

Day 171: Give 171

Jen

Volunteering to Give……and Get

People volunteer for many different reasons. I volunteer for stories.

Every other Thursday morning I donate an hour of time and my skills as a reflexologist at the West Vancouver Seniors Centre. In doing so, I get the best of both worlds. Not only do I love the hands on approach with reflexology but I get to hear stories from the seniors.

Stories about the lives they have led, adventures they have had, places they have been to and all the many changes they have seen. Sometimes I have my four year old daughter in tow and seeing her always sparks a proud story about their own children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren.

Our elders are a wealth of knowledge and history and I love being privy to the anecdotes and tales they tell. I love to see their faces light up as they talk knowing that the stories they share, their memories, are worthwhile and valuable.

Sure these stories are mainly from the past but the present person, whose feet I hold in my hands, is made up of these memories. Hearing those stories makes me look forward to seeing them in the future……two Thursdays later.

Guest Writer

My name is Jen and I am a stay-at-home mum and certified foot reflexologist. I work by donation as I feel that the people who could benefit from a service like mine are most likely stay-at-home mums and seniors who may not feel they can afford a ‘treat’ such as a reflexology session. I can be mobile and give sessions to someone in their own home and I also have a space to give sessions in North Vancouver. I can be reached at 604-985-3895 or email at balancedroots@hotmail.com

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
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“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
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“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
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“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
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