The Biggest Little City in the World, draws lots of people from California. “If you work hard. If you treat people the way you want to be treated. Treat people with respect. We all can stay happy” is the moral of John T. who moved to Reno three-years ago. He considers people in Reno are nice, city has less noise and traffic and above all zero-state tax. His testimony brings Law of Attraction to my mind, “Like Attracts Like”. The law of attraction is the belief that the universe creates and provides you, what your thoughts are focused on. The results of positive thoughts have positive consequences. The same holds true for negative thoughts leading to bad outcomes. It is believed that regardless of age, nationality or religious belief, we are all susceptible to the laws which govern the Universe. Therefore, if Renoit’s are nice, and those who make Reno their permanent home, are affable too and making the city more beautiful place, bringing with them years of accrued values.
Book titled, “The Lost Story of the William & Mary: The Cowardice of Captain Stinson” written by Gill Hoffs is a true story of his family. The ship which departed from England via Bahamas with his great great grandfather and his daughter on board made tragic news twice around the world in 1853. With the hope to start a new life in St. Louis, instead ended into a disastrous shipwreck that engulfed his 19-year-old daughter and her unborn child with 200 others. The saved decedents of John’s family are very much part of American fabric even after 170 years and are passing-down legacy of tragic story to future generations before it fads in.
John a very warm and pleasant person, a former Air-force Veteran sees plenty of opportunities in Reno to stay engaged, healthy and contribute to community. He is presently a volunteer for AARP Tax-Aid at Washoe County Senior Center. AARP offers free tax-preparation through IRS-Certified Volunteers to help 50 or older and has helped nearly 50 million low-to-moderate income taxpayers, through its 5000 locations in neighborhood libraries, community centers, senior centers since 1968. This isn’t the only place where John had volunteered, he was a volunteer at VA Hospital for nine months.
Study shows volunteering provides multifold benefits. When you stop thinking about your own problems and focus on someone other, your stress levels start to decrease, your immune system is strengthened and overall sense of satisfaction increases. The online connections that are available at our fingertips nowadays, helps in maintaining existing relationships, but are not helpful in establishing lasting, new strong relationships. Volunteering has ripple effects on that as well. John also loves to hike with his group as a member of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at University of Nevada, for seasoned adults 50 and older interested in learning for the joy of learning. A worn out saying still holds true and will hold true till eternity in celebrating human will power, ‘where there is a will, there is a way’.
Writing about John T. and his family story, is in continuation of my reflection to contribute to Vibrant Healthy Communities. Would love to hear your thoughts and follow me on Twitter!