High Purpose and Helpfulness
Updated: Apr 1, 2019
The Chi Omega symphony has been the rock of Eta Lambda. Throughout my time in college, I’ve turned to the symphony as an ethics guideline during tough times. My roommate has the symphony hanging in our bedroom, and she wrote me a line that I carry around in my wallet. I think I can speak for our chapter when I say that there’s at least one line that we think about when we are challenged or discouraged.
As we get closer to our annual philanthropy event, I’ve been thinking a lot about Chi Omega’s partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and why I initially applied for the position of co-SandSlam chair a year ago. I went back to our symphony, and this line stood out to me:
“To have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note.”
This is the final line of our symphony, and in all honesty, I never thought about it that much. When I read it now, it’s clear that helpfulness and service is a part of what it means to be a Chi Omega. I didn’t have to look any further than our symphony to be reminded that the women in Chi Omega, at AU and nationwide, are to deeply committed to serving others.
“To have her welfare ever at heart” To me, this means keeping the wellbeing of others in mind. This is at the heart of the Make-A-Wish Foundation -- it’s a grassroots non-profit that started because a small community saw the value in working together to make life a little brighter for someone in need.
“High purpose and helpfulness” I am amazed at how this position has pushed me to be a kinder person, more active in the local community, and above all to be passionate about a cause. I didn’t know what I was capable of in this position until I set a high standard for myself. The work I put in gets a child one step closer to a wish, and that’s the greatest motivator. I’ve had the honor to work with Portia on this event and she pushes me to be a better person everyday, and to keep Make-A-Wish at the center of our decision making. Portia -- thank you for showing me what it means to embody this line of our symphony. You are selfless and your abundance of helpfulness has set a standard of high purpose that radiates through our chapter.
“In which there is no discordant note.” I am so incredibly proud of Eta Lambda. When we are challenged as a chapter, we never break apart -- no discordant note. As much as Portia and I work on this event, this chapter is the reason why SandSlam is happening. Our women are dedicated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and together, we’ve done amazing things. There’s no need for a title or an official position to contribute to a community. We are all stewards of our communities with the daily acts of care and hope that foster a safe and healthy environment.
Kindness is an act of community service and I have found that kindness goes a long way. The greatest leaders in our communities are often those whose silent passions and contributions fly under the radar. We’ve been so lucky to work with people who volunteer their time and effort not because they have to, but because they too care about the cause. They truly are the reason why these efforts are successful.
I challenge you to do something kind this week. Take the time to support someone in need, or offer words of encouragement. These small acts of radical kindness create ripple effects through our community -- they can brighten someone's’ day, or even make a wish come true.
Written by: Jessica Joy De Jesus