Did you know that the English word “thanks” comes from the same root word as “think”? And they not only share a similar background, they are related in another way. It seems the more we think, the more we thank. One woman illustrated how thinking and thanking are related in a visit to the eye doctor.
She complained to her ophthalmologist that, as she grew older, her eyesight was getting worse. He examined her eyes and could not be encouraging about the future of her eyesight. But to his surprise, she did not seem to be upset. She told him all she was grateful for: her deceased husband; her children and their families; her friends; the many years she has enjoyed upon this earth; her vast library of memories. She had done a great deal of thinking about these things. “My eyesight is getting worse,” she summarized, “but I’m not going to fret over that.”
Her doctor later made this observation: “Her eyesight is poor, but her vision is better than most people.” She clearly saw what many never see — all the good in her life. And she was content.
When we take time to think, and make time to thank, we see more clearly.
It sounds like a good way to improve your vision.
Spirituality and You is contributed by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings.
At Jennings, our volunteers are an extension of the Jennings family – compassionate individuals who offer their time and talent to help our campus grow and thrive. Ask one of our volunteers why he or she participates, and you will hear, “I love volunteering here! It let’s me do something I love to do, and I know that what I do is really valuable and appreciated.” Our magnificent community of volunteers at Jennings complements our collaborative and holistic approach to care while sharing their talents.
We are seeking volunteers for the following opportunities:
- Eucharistic Ministers to provide communion to residents who are unable to attend Mass.
- Music Ministry members to help lead singing or play an instrument at the Sunday 9:30a.m. liturgy.
- Hospice Volunteers to support Jennings Hospice patients with compassionate visits.
- Friendly Visitor to spend time with residents.
- Beauty Shop Companions to help residents to and from their appointments on campus (no driving).
- Wellness Center Companions to help residents to and from their appointments on campus (no driving).
- Gift Shoppe Associate to greet customers and operate the register.
- Bus Trip Assistant to assist residents during their shopping outings.
- Survey Assistant to help individuals with satisfaction surveys.
- Therapy Dog Visits for those who own a therapy dog to brighten a resident’s day.
- Readers to read the newspaper or other literature to residents.
- Intergenerational Assistant to assist life enrichment staff.
- Gardeners to assist with planting, weeding and pruning.
All volunteer opportunities at Jennings require the completion of a volunteer application as well as a volunteer orientation prior to starting. Please contact Volunteer Services at (216) 581-2900 if you are interested or wish to discuss more customized opportunities for individuals or groups.