A Call That Changed My Life
“Hello? This is
K. It is a long time since I met you before somewhere.”
It was a quite pleasant summer
evening when I received one call from California in 2005. That time
I was doing grocery shopping and just tried to return to my home after
jumping into my car. The voice from the phone was not that familiar
to me but I soon recognized that the person called me was Professor K in
California that I met a few times before. He was teaching at one of
the universities in Irvine, California.
Suddenly, he asked me the
question of where you are living now. The reason for asking a
question was that he wanted me to serve together for one professional
organization. The headquarters of that organization was in
Washington, D.C. area so that's why he made a phone call to me as the president
of that organization.
He said that he was moving
around his own ‘radar’ in his brain from Washington, D.C. to find a person nearby to serve for that organization and spotted me right
away. So, he was quite happy to find me but, in the beginning, I was
hesitant to accept his courteous proposal because I did not know very well
about professional service activities and I had almost no prior community
But anyway, I accepted his
proposal because of his consistent request and had a chance to serve with him
for that organization. Later I got a chance to meet him in person to
discuss my responsibilities I should take as a first step of serving that
As time goes by, I found that
it was quite interesting for me to do diverse professional community services
together for the good of people in need. In the past, I even did not
know what real community service is. What a shame!
By doing diverse community services I met many different
groups of people in different environments and really enjoyed my community
services with him.
But I was informed that he was
very ill and has been struggling for several years. I sent an e-mail
to him but there was no response. One day, I received very sad news
about his death. He introduced me to the organization I could serve
for and it taught me how to serve people with servant leadership with my
best. He taught me real joy and the meaning of community service.
Sometimes I think over him and
really appreciate his love and care for me. If he did not make a phone
call to me that day, I couldn't get a chance to start my community service
activities. And I couldn't feel the true joy of community services
in my life journey. In a sense he changed my life path and its real
meaning and taught me life in a more positive way.
It is very nice to serve people
with your true heart. The joy of the service is quite big in our
lives, so it is worthwhile to invest your precious time and effort in community
service for you and for another people’s happiness. There is a saying
that you can live longer healthily when you enjoy community
I'm trying to continue my
services for local, national, and global communities using my talents with my
best for people in need. I want to return what I received from other
people in my life until now to other people to make this turbulent world a
better place with grace, hope, and peace. I want to change the world
toward a more promising direction little by little.
There is a
saying. ‘Let’s study hard and give the fruit of it to people in
May 21, 2020