Being “involved” in improving the lives of others is not anything about self promotion or a pat on the back. Hopefully, our motives are pure and we really are concerned with making the Earth a better place for all. After all, we are just passing through and this is only a temporary home. However, what we choose to do while we are here on Earth matters greatly.
It matters little whether we volunteer at: church,school, or community OR we quietly give of time, expertise, or finances that no one is aware of but ourselves. However, what matters is that we all do something! I believe this applies so much to the immediate test of Natural Disasters of our friends, families, and loved ones in the Northeast. Even a small donation of 10 dollars (or two cups of Starbuck’s) can help those who have lost so much or everything. www.AmericanRedCross.org .
Many of us feel empty… or that there is something missing in our lives. How wonderful it would be if that void was filled with the only thing that heals… helping others! Perhaps, this could be an avenue of healing that doctors could use on many patients in many venues. I’m just saying.
No matter how difficult our own life is… there is always someone who is suffering and challenged more. This is at the core of my personal philosophies; it is always necessary to volunteer and help others. Always! For most of my life I have been involved with young people. There are many projects and organizations to which I devote my time. At first, while I was in college… it was to figure out who I was and why I had been abused. When I stepped back and examined it more closely… it became clear that there were concrete ways to improve life as given… not only for myself, but for others as well.
Working with the Special Olympics has been part of my life for over two decades. Here were individuals who embraced not what they don’t have or will never be, but rather in small triumphs and personal success. They are role models of integrity. It was with this organization that I first involved my “unteachable/unreachable” students. It never failed to amaze me that these not so young high school students (sometimes as old as 21) somehow in the end … “got it.” Their own stints with Incarceration, Probation, Drug Abuse were all self chosen. The challenges given to others in life, sometimes are not.
BUT ALL HUMANS ARE CHALLENGED! The students who fought me the most when I announced, “We will all be helping at this year’s Special Olympics” were the ones who absolutely gleamed with pride at the end of the day. They were also the first to ask if they could do it again, next year. Helping others is something everyone can do. Everyone! It is the healing and answer for everything.
I am sharing some of my own personal experience only as an example. Everyone is challenged in life. It can be the loss of a home, job, or a loved one; and those can happen again and again. It can be a physical, emotional, or social affliction of a family member… or ourselves. It can also be loss of direction in life that brings with it a profound loneliness and isolation. Sometimes, this is drug and/or alcohol related.
What I am suggesting is that by not focusing on ourselves, and instead focusing on those around us that need attention and help in improving their situations… Life is Best!
But, here’s the warning: DON’T JUST SAY/THINK YOU WILL HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OTHERS… Really do it!
Imagine the world then? New York, New Jersey… we got your back!