We all know that well known phrase, “There
is more joy in giving than receiving.”
Most of us were taught it as young children. However, how many of us were told this as
children, and yet we never felt that joy or happiness we were promised when we
had to share our toys? It’s funny now to watch a little kid being told to share
when they really don’t want to. Well,
now as an adult I am closer to understanding the true meaning of “the joy of
giving.” And I have reflexology to thank
When I received my education in reflexology,
one of the first places I began utilizing reflexology was at the local hospital
in Norwich Connecticut. At the hospital
they have a department called CHI (Center for Healthcare Integration). In addition to the traditional medical care at
the hospital, CHI offers complimentary alternative therapies such as massage,
reflexology, reiki, and healing touch per the patient’s request. CHI relies on therapists to offer their
skills to the patients on a voluntary basis since the hospital has no funding
for the program.
In the beginning of my time at the
hospital, I admit I was nervous and wasn’t use to the hospital setting. However, I had great mentors and nurses that
helped and encouraged me in learning all of the hospital safety and health
procedures. Some of my friends and
acquaintances would ask me why I was going to volunteer my time and energy. My
response at the time was, for the experience and practice of my new reflexology
knowledge and skills. However, once I actually started providing reflexology to
patients it was a whole other ball game.
I cannot describe the joy that comes from giving reflexology therapy to patients. Their smiles and thankfulness truly make the
time I am there worth it. I have gotten
to know quite a few patients in the radiation department where I routinely provide
reflexology therapy. I know that they
are going through a difficult journey. My
only goal is to provide a sense of relief and comfort however small it may be
for them. Afterwards, when I see their
smiles, and they embrace me in their hugs and gratitude, I truly understand the
joy that comes from giving.
I have found something that I enjoy giving
and it has changed my life! It has
taught me more about compassion and generosity.
Giving of yourself and time for a cause is meaningful, no matter how
small. No matter what your skills are, you can make a difference in someone’s
day. Whether it is coaching little
league, being a big brother or sister, helping at an animal shelter, or being
there for a sick friend, you can truly make a difference. And not only will it bring a little happiness
to those you are helping, it will bring joy and happiness to you as well.
Special thanks and gratitude to Paula Novak
and Amy Dunion at The William W. Backus Hospital for their guidance. And also special thanks to Elysia Bates who is
a wonderful reflexology mentor.