By Mo Breden
If you take five minutes to be honest with yourself, you have the time. Time is usually the biggest reason people give for not being able to volunteer. So, lets just get that out of the way up front…
Find something you love, are grateful for, or have received the benefits of and investigate what kind of volunteer opportunities are available. You will be surprised how many opportunities there are.
Get it through your head, it’s not work, it’s volunteering. At work, I was always a take charge, direct people; “get ‘er done” kind of manager. Volunteering, I take direction, complete projects perhaps nobody else wanted to do or had the time to do, but that is OK. My purpose is totally different in volunteering. I am there to serve, not to rule. There is much freedom in service. I arrive when I want to, I leave when I want to, and people are always very grateful that I showed up at all. So much different from work, isn’t it? You know what I’m talking about!
If you are a regular reader, you know that I have found a cause in the YMCA. So, one of the organizations I currently give my time to is my local Y. Although volunteering is all about service, it’s also, all about me. It does require an adjustment to not expect anything in return for your service, but that is OK. I derive a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I am doing something to promote the good work of the YMCA in my community. By serving the Y, I serve many people I will never meet in my community because the Y reaches out into the lives of thousands of people right here, where I live. In the end I benefit by living in a healthier, stronger community.
I like what I see at the YMCA, I like the people who use the Y, I like the people who work at the Y, and I love the volunteers. Look deeply into the organization you choose to give your time to and that is where you will see the benefits of your service. Attend staff meetings, volunteer for different types of activities, open yourself up to things you would not normally be exposed to, and you will be surprised at what you see, when you look deeply into yourself.
Do some good today, for someone beside yourself, and your world will open up more completely and more fully than you could ever have imagined.
Thanks for stopping by to read my post; I hope to see yas next week, for Life with Mo.