A few years ago I moved house to Somerset in the UK. I downsized my garden, and my house, to live in an area where I knew a few people, but no blood family. I had lived in my previous house for over thirty-three years and in the local area for over thirty-seven.
Up to that point, I had lived a very full life in a variety of occupations and as a full-time mother in between.
After that I was a full-time mother to two children, during which time I trained to become an antenatal teacher for the National Childbirth Trust and taught classes for twenty years. I also trained and became a Registered Homeopath and saw clients, again for about twenty years, and I volunteered in a local primary school, listening to children reading and helping out in various classes, wherever I was needed, which I still do.
On my move to Somerset after sorting out my house and garden, I began to consider volunteering again. I connected with a local primary school and once I had had the necessary checks, I began to listen to children reading again. I was made very welcome and apart from a small gap due to post-operation recovery, I have been listening to children for nearly three years. I am with a class of 6-year olds.
As each new intake arrives every year I so enjoy meeting each child, and getting to know them better during the unfolding year. I go into school once a week and although I mainly listen to individual children, occasionally I am asked to do some group reading sessions, or to help with craft activities or writing or number work support.
My main aim is to encourage the children and give them confidence in their ability, regardless of the actual progress or outcome. Over three terms we build a relationship with each other. I learn a lot from them – equally as much as I present them with information. Chatting about how they are doing and how they are feeling is a key part of relationship building. We also have fun, and I enjoy working with the class teacher and her assistant.
Although I have no formal teacher training - I am a former nurse and health visitor - I am considered a useful member of the team and feel appreciated.
I get to see some fantastic school assemblies, where the children present their work, often with drama and song. This is only one of several volunteering roles I have in my local community in addition to part time work. I feel fortunate that I have the time, health and energy to give back to my community in some way.
Recently, I upgraded my internet skills and became active on social media and joined, an amazing website, Unimedliving, as a volunteer.
Last year I began to volunteer at a local hospital. There was an opening on the maternity ward, which I felt drawn to on account of my previous experience with mothers and babies. A new training course was about to start, for breastfeeding support, as a peer volunteer. I completed this and now visit the hospital weekly to support mothers and fathers who wish their babies to be to breast-feed. I still have occasional work as an esoteric practitioner, an esoteric yoga presenter and a sound healer, and I am still a part-time company director.
The difference now is that I am so much more aware of how I am in all this. Nearly ten years ago I came across Universal Medicine. My spiritual searching came to an end as I had found the pot of gold. The emphasis on self-care and self-love transformed my life. The integrity and love for all from the director, Serge Benhayon, inspired me to make many changes to my life-style, including diet, exercise and sleep patterns.
I learned to observe and not absorb people's emotions - so important in the caring community.
My life became so much better as I integrated all that I was learning. Life began to flow and I felt so much better about myself. I began to love myself and not depend on others for what I could give myself. Yet I also learned to ask others for support when needed, as I did last year when I needed surgery. I have beautiful connections with my two sons and also with my grandchildren. I feel very blessed.
My life now - at the age of sixty six - is much more fulfilling. I feel healthier and more vibrant than I did ten years ago. I look after myself better, and feel and look younger than my age. I am now considering expanding my volunteering duties, which I love.
Retirement is not an option. I love connecting with the people I meet. Life flows - on the whole. And when it doesn't I observe where my choices have led me and look at everything as an opportunity to grow and learn and become the amazing woman I know myself to be.
We are all amazing deep inside. We just have to let it out, returning to our natural essence as warm open loving human beings – who we all are before we got hurt by life and began to close down, thinking we were protecting ourselves. Love is who we really are.
Reclaiming who we truly are is an ongoing process.
Sue Q., UK