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December 15, 2013

Let’s volunteer to help the volunteers

MERIDIAN — Lately, I have been fortunate enough to spend some time with RSVP of Meridian/Lauderdale County Director Diane Glover as I am on her board of directors.

    Last Monday, several of us worked unloading and dividing Toys for Tots to be distributed among the five agencies who work with children in need. Well, of the group there working, three were directors, four or five were previously school teachers – all of us trying to tell the others what to do. Can you guess who finally took over? The youngest.

    The hardest part of volunteering anywhere is allowing someone else to "lead the way." If things works out well the knowledgeable person knows best, sometimes not. Just don’t give up or give out. Give your all.

    My husband, we’ll call him “A.G.” (as many people cannot pronounce his name by the way it is spelled) usually has an interesting story or custom to tell me from Japan, his home country. The one following could be from any country if we just change the name:

    Aman (Joseph, Bobbie) died and entered the next dimension. An angel showed him around and led him down a hallway, stopping at a door marked “Hell.” Inside was a roomful of starving, wretched, anguished people. They sat at long table piled high with sumptuous food, but permanently attached to their arms were spoons and forks longer than their arms, which made it impossible for them to eat the food.

    Then the angel led the man to the next door, marked “Heaven.” Inside was exactly the same scene, with one exception: The people were happy and smiling, healthy, and obviously well fed.

    The man looked at the angel with puzzled expression and said, “I don’t understand. What’s the difference?” And the angel replied, “These people learned how to feed each other.”

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