Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Give Something Back and Share in the Precious Rewards

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
Mother Teresa

There were approximately 60 million people last year that performed various duties of volunteer work. It was generally in the form of coaching, teaching, fund raising, serving food, providing information, and labor duties. The average person who volunteers is between the ages of 35 and 55. Interestingly, volunteer work can be traced back to the country’s early settlers.

There are many reasons why a person volunteers to help others, but there seems to be a need to reach outside ourselves for the benefit of another. It can be described that the ability to help others is the sense of continuity that we share with one another – being human.

The wonderful part of helping others is that it can actually benefit our overall sense of well-being. It has been discovered that focusing on others and helping the community can actually reduce depression and alleviate chronic pain in ourselves. I can’t think of a better prescription for self healing and personal empowerment than to help another person.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Ghandi
Everyone needs to feel connected and to have a purpose in this precious life. By volunteering your time, you can experience what it is to feel connected to humanity. The world is a wonderful place filled with amazing people. Experience what it has to offer. It can life your spirit, breathe new life into your soul, and give something back to the community. Everyone wins from the simple task of volunteering.

There is a positive, almost magical, effect when people help others. A perfect example is when there’s a disaster. What is truly inspirational is what happens during the aftermath. It unites people together and brings out the best in humanity. A tried and true sentiment is that the best way to heal hurt and grief is to help someone else heal theirs.

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.”
Norman B. Rice

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