You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.
Tomorrow I will be taping a Radio Show for the Salvation Army and I plan on talking about the value of volunteerism. Mainly I plan on focusing in on what the act of volunteering does for those who do it. We all know that there are hundreds of thousands of unselfish examples of people helping people everyday in our country. People like you and me are giving of there time to help the sick, the young, the people faced with the results of natural disaster, those struggling to rehabilitate themselves after years of substance abuse, the homeless and so many more. These good folks clean up dirty neighborhoods, clear streams, tutor children, build homes for the homeless, cook meals for the hungry, visit the sick, in other words they make the world a better place than it would have been if not for them.
But for me the miracle is what the volunteer gets in return. The act of volunteering adds a dimension to life that is almost indescribable. I am not talking about a feeling of pride or sanctimonious superiority or the fulfillment of an obligation; rather the enrichment of heart and soul, the chance to break out of our daily grinds and take the time to do things that provide a measurable benefit and ends with that feeling that comes from a job well done. I find that some of the best things in life come from meeting new people and working with them to do something for others.
No one has to know about what we do, we know that we took a few hours out of our day and did something worthwhile and that is enough. Fortunately for me many of those who were strangers have become lasting friends through the time spent together volunteering. And those of you who have volunteered to join with me on May the 8th at the Central Indiana Special Olympics you will see that the joy we share with these challenged athletes will spill over into our heats and make that Saturday special for us all.
I especially want to thank those of you who have offered to help on the 9th, I know you’ll be glad you did. If you have would like to see how spending a few hours on a Saturday can brighten your life, just e-mail me at email@example.com or reply to today’s daily and I’ll fill you in.
As you know I am a big fan of Ralph Marston and I am glad he also sees the value of volunteerism the the quality of life. Here is one of the examples he has offered.
Ways to Improve Your Life Right Now
As soon as you change your attitude, you change your life. There's no need to wait for something to take effect. It kicks in right away. Too often we get stuck in negative thought patterns that bring a self-defeating attitude. When that happens, what's needed is an attitude "jump start" to get back on the road. Here are some ideas:
1. Do something new or do something in a completely different way. Go somewhere new for lunch or take another route to the office. Buy and read a magazine from a field that you know nothing about. Try a new kind of soft drink. Listen to a different radio station. Imagine what you would do in your business if your suppliers became your customers. Look for opportunities to open your mind.
2. Do something for someone with absolutely no expectation of return. Look for opportunities to do this. They're all around. Help someone who looks lost -- go beyond what you would normally do out of politeness and really make sure they know how to find what they're looking for. Volunteer to help at your child's school, at your church, at a community center. Again, go beyond just doing it out of a sense of obligation. Do it cheerfully and excitedly.
3. Call an old friend you haven't talked to for years. Not to sell them anything or tell them about your latest opportunity, but just to find out what they're doing. Take an interest in how their life has been since you last saw them. Ask about their family, their job, their interests and activities. Try to ask and listen to them three or four times as much as you talk about yourself.
4. Get some exercise. Move your body and enjoy the feeling of your muscles working. Enjoy movement and physical effort. Get your heart pumping and work up a sweat.
The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.
The personnel manager was impressing the applicant with the prospective job.
"We make parts for microscopes. You'll be required to work with lenses that are ten-thousandths of an inch thick."
"I can handle it," the applicant said, "I used to slice meat in a delicatessen."
A perfectionist is one who takes great pains, and gives them to everyone else.
A mother was telling her little girl what her own childhood was like: "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods."
The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten the know you sooner!"
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me, and always she was correct. But it was fun for me, so I continued.
At last, she headed for the door, saying sagely, "Grandpa, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!"
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
Miss Smith and Little Johnny's father were having a parent teacher conference.
Miss Smith said to Little Johnny's father, "Well, at least there's one thing I can say about your son."
Little Johnny's father asked, "What's that?"
"With grades like these, he couldn't possibly be cheating."
I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.
Mrs. Morris Siegel beckoned to a salesman in Bergdorf Goodman's, pointed to white wool designer dress on a mannequin, and said, "Hey Sonny boy, so how much is the dress on that store dummy over there?"
"That dress is $899.95, Madam," sneered the rather snotty salesman.
"Oy! For $99.95 I could get the same dress at Klein's Bargain Store downtown!"
"But Madam," said the salesman, "You'll find that the dress at Klein's is recycled wool. This original is 100% pure virgin wool."
"Nu! So for $800 I should be caring what the lambs do at night?"
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
A wife and her husband attended a very important business party thrown by her boss, where the husband may have had one or two more than he should have. On the way home from the party, the woman said to her husband, "Have I ever told you how handsome and totally irresistible to all women you are?"
"Why no," said the husband, deeply flattered.
"Then what gave you the idea you are at the party?" she yelled.
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.
For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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