In this day and age, when we are striving under difficult circumstances to live our lives, we can sometimes forget that doing something for nothing, for someone who needs it, is good for the soul.
I do work for various charities that help both animals and humans, and although I struggle to fit everything in as I juggle lots of theoretical balls in the air, the rewards are plentiful. Be it seeing a pony eating grass when it’s being starved for months, or the gratitude if you are to help someone in difficulty, is good for me.
Last year I stood shaking a box on behalf of the Samaritans. My mum in law had to go into hospital for chemo so was unable to fulfil her annual role, so I stepped in. I stood outside a small supermarket in the morning for about 3 hours (until she came back and INSISTED on taking over!). Every single person, with one exception that went in, or out donated. I was actually gob smacked. From the very old, to the very young, from the very busy, to those who just wanted a chat. They all put their hands in their pockets.
Charity work ,whatever is is, I believe, teaches humility. Giving you the opportunity to experience something larger than yourself. I have spoken to many people who do marathons, or runs for charities, who find that simply doing the run, with other like minded people has helped them through the ardour of the exercise.
I always felt I would have loved to work with Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders), and I think at some stage in my life I would still like to help them.
But for the moment, I’ll stay put! So, my recipe for Soul Food:
Take time, more than you think you can give,
Mix it with enthusiasm and other like minded people
Serve it with a smile, and the knowledge that you are doing a good thing.