At the Give Kids the World Village, making wishes come true is a specialty. (Photo: P.Harman/

Sometimes it’s too easy for us to take the many benefits we have for granted and we forget to focus on what’s really important in life. One of the best antidotes to becoming the center of our own universe is to spend time physically helping others dealing with significant, life-changing issues. It brings a clarity and spirit of appreciation like few other activities can.

Those who work in the insurance industry probably understand this better than most folks – you see destruction, physical injuries and losses on a daily basis. Many of you spend much of your day trying to mitigate those damages and improve outcomes for your policyholders, and yet you are still willing to donate your time and talents to help others.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]

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