Giving Just Because
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There are really few words that can express what volunteering feels like. The rewards are immeasurable and I think everyone should have that experience, at least once. In these times it's hard to see the light at the other end of the tunnel; people are out of work, not able to secure work, living with massive debt, unhappy and scared. But if you can imagine taking all of the hours in a day you spend worrying and you channel that into helping another human being see life a little different or you give someone you've never known a new reason to be hopeful about living, it may help you see that there is light at the other end of the tunnel.
I've now been volunteering my time to various organizations, institutions and causes for over a decade and I have a full time job, family responsibilities and I'm starting 2 new companies, as well as I mentor. Still, I feel more gratification in giving back, building communities, bridging gaps among all kinds of people and really just honoring being in a moment of true bliss and passion. And if anyone out there knows me, I thrive on passion. It's better than my favorite brand of Salt N' Vinegar Potato Chips!
When I thought about writing this story, it was one day after my return from Washington, DC to March on Washington to Stop Modern Day Slavery. It was there I remember what it was like to gather with people from all walks of life for one cause, human rights. I saw young people hungry for making change a part of everyday life. There were people there who give their lives to fight for justice and make change real for people they don't even know, everyday! That could be hard to imagine. But it happens. I saw it and I am a part of it.
This blog serves to create change; change in the way we view ourselves, the ways we think, use language, talk to each other, behave, everything. As 2012 draws closer to the end of the year, I'm contemplating what I want for 2013, and what I want is to have more people than ever before join a cause and to fight passionately for it, and to get all those people out there who would never join something they weren't getting paid to do to join in too. I want people to feel inspired and connected because isn't real joy in living about being connected?
Labels: Social Issues