Community Service Taught Me Patience Essay

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

I was surprised by a call from an acquaintance that took horseback riding lessons with me a few years ago. She was looking for volunteers to assist at the Children’s Rehab Center. I accepted her offer, thinking of how much fun it would be to be around horses once again. My volunteer work with disabled children, horses and physical therapists helped me learn to be more patient with myself and others. What began as an opportunity to complete my service hours, ended as a gift to myself from a very special person.

The hippotherapy program helps disabled children mounted on horses do exercises that teach them how to use different muscles
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I was delighted to hear the laughter of the children when a horse shook its mane or neighed.

One of my favorite memories happened the first month I volunteered. A child, obviously excited that she was going to ride a horse, walked as fast as she could with her walker, smiling and demanding to know where her horse was. While on the horse, the young girl turned toward me and asked my name. I told her my name; she then looked at me with her big brown eyes and repeated my name very slowly. After a while the child asked, “Are you my sista?” I smiled and responded “No, I am not your sister." Undaunted, she kept asking me “Are you my sista?” the rest of the day.

The next week, the young girl came with her mother and asked where I was. I came to her aid and she pointed to her mother’s stomach and said “my sista” along with my name. It was her wish she could have a sister named after me. Ever since then, whenever she asked if I was her “sista,” I always replied: “Yes, of course, I’m your sister.” I have volunteered for other service organizations and I enjoyed each experience. However, meeting and helping this little girl changed my attitude and I looked forward to each week because of the bond that formed between me and this special patient.

My volunteer work at the Children’s Rehab Center taught me that patience is a key to life. I

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