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July 29, 2013

My True Purpose

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My True Purpose

By Joan Praver/Board Member—Volunteer

Sometimes, as I’ve aged, I’ve questioned whether I have made any contribution toward Tikkun Olam, improving the world.  Being asked to be on the Board of Beit T’Shuvah has given me the opportunity to touch the psyche of many of the residents.  By conducting a writing class, where they are encouraged to drop their facades, to reach deeply into their past of addictive behavior and bring some of their hidden life to the surface.  I believe I’ve opened a door and touched their souls.

In this process I have grown to better understand myself and have reevaluated my contributions as a volunteer.  It is said, “If you help to save one life, it is as though you have saved the world.”  I make no claim to that but I do believe I have found my true purpose in having been created.

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