Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland
“A servant’s heart.” That’s a term I’ve heard many times over the years, referring to people whose joy in life comes from serving others. Those with servant hearts are everywhere, but because they are driven by a desire to serve rather than a need for recognition, we often don’t know about them. Sometimes they are volunteers in hospitals; sometimes a Little League coach. Sometimes a dedicated teacher. Sometimes a “designated daughter” – described in a recent book by the same title – who lovingly serves as a caregiver for a mother who is struggling with her bonus years. A couple of weeks ago, I met a man with a servant’s heart. His name is Don Patterson.