Making a difference

United States
September 19, 2012 5:39pm CST
I remember being an assistant manager of a motel (it wasn't a top rated motel) and we would have a couple of regulars that would stay at this particular motel. One couple would stay with us for a couple of months and I would always look forward to their stay. The woman stated that if I ever left they would find another motel to stay at. That really made me feel good! Of course, working at nursing homes and working with mentally challenged individuals was also rewarding. When you're with an individual every day you become attached to them as well as they to you. Have you ever had a job where you really knew that you made a difference in some one's life?
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@AmbiePam (48709)
• United States
23 Sep 12
That's really cool. There is a lady at Walgreens who is just a doll. I go to that one because I like her. I wanted to do something nice, so I called her work once and asked to speak to the manager so I could brag on her. I hope perhaps it made them think even more highly of her.
• United States
23 Sep 12
Well, that is very kind of you! I think people don't really know how to show someone respect for doing their job. I like to see a person's name tag, that way when they've done a good job or have been helpful I can call them by name and at least make my appreciation for their help by recognizing them by their name. That would also be a good idea once I know their name that I could call into the manager.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
20 Sep 12
Yes. A long time ago I worked in a nursing home. The problem with that is that I fell in love with all of them and when one would pass I took it personally....you can't do that. You have to care enough about them to take good care of them....but you can't give your heart to all of them. It was hard on me and my home life. I just couldn't be grieving all the time.
• United States
23 Sep 12
Oh, I totally agree with you! I remember my first incident with a lady at one nursing home, she was having heart problems and they had to give her heart pills. One night we had to give them to her regularly. Before my shift ended that night she passed away.Of course it was heart breaking for me since it was the first time I had a resident I was taking care of die, but it's a part of nature. Then I had another resident at another nursing home that I took him to a doctor appointment. We had been joking around and he told me that he just didn't feel right. I told him he needed to tell his doctor and maybe his medications he was on needed to be changed. I picked him up after his doctor appointment and he was still talking and joking on the way back to the nursing home. When we got to the nursing home, it was lunch time, so I took him to the dining room and I clocked out for my lunch. A half hour later I clocked back in and my supervisor asked me if I had heard the news yet. I said I don't know, what news. She informed me that this individual had passed away at lunch. I was shocked to know that I was one of the last people that was with him before he passed away. My supervisor tried to make me feel better by telling me that at least he didn't pass away on the van ride. I said gee, thanks!
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
20 Sep 12
I was a hairdresser for 47 years. I made alot of people look pretty , does that count, lol.
• United States
20 Sep 12
Apparently so, you was a hairdresser for 47 years! When I go do a hairdresser, they always make me feel better and I leave them a good tip!
@ARIES1973 (9533)
• Legaspi, Philippines
21 Sep 12
I am, stout. As of now, I am working with the government and one of our jobs is to assist the people especially the officials with their jobs as public servant. We are also conducting seminars and trainings that I know will be of great help to the people. I know my job is a very challenging one. By helping others do their job, I know that I can make a difference in their lives. And I am happy for it. Have a nice day!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Sep 12
I would like to think so especially in carrying out the job of being a mother and wife I used to teach and this was such hard work to make a difference in their lives as the children were disadvantaged in so many ways - not just economically. We felt so proud when we got some students off to College.I really do not know about others although I work part time at a luxury villa and I like to feel the service given is excellent.Good post because it has made me think.
@GardenGerty (98255)
• United States
19 Sep 12
I have also worked in nursing homes, with the adult mentally disabled and in classroom settings with kids pre school age to about nine. Those kinds of jobs you do make a difference. But as you just illustrated in most jobs you can make a difference if you will try.