We get to make a living; we give to make a life.
This coming Thursday I will be sharing with a number of guests at my weekly Kiwanis meeting why I have been a Kiwanis member for more than thirty years. It has not always been easy to stay active as my business and travel coupled with post retirement obligations have often kept me excessively busy. But rather than give up the friendships I have made, the things I learn from top notch speakers and the opportunity to do some good I have elected to make my membership a priority.
Fortunately my club has such a wide variety of service opportunities that there is almost always something that I can do, even when my health holds me back. I have found over the years that doing something for others is truly a gift I can give to myself. It is hard to explain the positive results that come from caring for others, in fact I find it to be as good for me as most of the medicines I take.
Not too long ago a gal wrote the following in her blog that I think hits the nail on the head, she wrote it after she had spent a weekend as a volunteer for a humane society event. Here is what she said:
When You Do Good, You’ll Feel…
… inspired. Being around other people who are spending their time doing something good for the world is truly one of the most inspiring things. You’ll probably be around people who do inspiring things for a living (like the people I met who spend every day at the animal shelter) and that will make you feel even more inspired. Doing something good for a good cause is one of the most inspiring things. You will realize that there are many other people out there in the world that want to make it a better place.
… grateful. When you’re in a situation where you’re donating your time to a cause, it’s probably because something or someone needs help. In this case, I was assisting with an event to raise money for animals in need. Hearing about those animals in need made me feel incredibly grateful for my own life — and for the life I am able to give my pup Bella. No matter what the cause, if you are aware of what your work is benefiting, you will most likely feel incredibly grateful for all of the goodness in your own life.
… useful. Being a part of this great event made me feel like, even if it was just for a weekend, I was doing something good with my life. I had a purpose and that purpose was to assist with an event that would raise money for animals in need. Feeling as if our lives have purpose is one of the wonderful impacts of being involved in a meaningful volunteer opportunity, and it’s not something to be taken lightly. This weekend, it was amazing and inspiring to feel as if what I was doing had a true purpose.
… connected. For the first time in my life, I was with a group of people who really got how I felt about animals. I’ve certainly met animal-lovers before, but to be in a room full of people who feel as passionately about helping animals as I do was truly a wonderful feeling. Whatever cause you choose to support, it’s such a great feeling to be around other people who support the cause that you feel strongly about. Feeling connected to complete strangers is a rare occurrence and something to be enjoyed.
… hopeful. When working with a group of people who are inspired and motivated by a single cause, you almost can’t help but be hopeful. Though it might seem like you’re only impacting a small corner of the world when you’re working on one event for one cause, you’ll find yourself filled with hope because you know that all over the world — in all of the other little corners — there are other people doing good things to make something — maybe just one thing — a little better.
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
A husband was with his wife when she decided to buy something for their daughter-in-law at an exclusive lingerie shop. Inside, the husband was feeling very out of place when a beautiful clerk asked if she could help him. In a cocky manner, he asked, “Where are all the men’s clothes?”
In a demure voice the clerk replied, “All of these clothes are for men, sir.”
The best exercise for reducing is to move the head slowly from right to left when offered a second helping at the dinner table.
I never knew this…..
TRUE Newspaper Headlines
* Study Finds Sex, Pregnancy Link-Cornell Daily Sun, December 7, 1995
* Survey Finds Dirtier Subways After Cleaning Jobs Were Cut-The New York Times, November 22
* Alcohol ads promote drinking.-The Hartford Courant, November 18
* Official: Only rain will cure drought.-The Herald-News, Westpost, Massachusetts
* Teen-age girls often have babies fathered by men.-The Sunday Oregonian, September 24
* Dirty-Air Cities Far Deadlier Than Clean Ones, Study Shows.-The New York Times, March 10
* Scientists see quakes in L.A. future.-The Oregonian, January 28
* Free Advice: Bundle up when out in the cold.-Lexington Herald-Leader, January 26
* Bible church’s focus is the Bible.-Saint Augustine Record, Florida, December 3, 1994
* Discoveries: Older blacks have edge in longevity.-The Chicago Tribune, March 5
* Lack of brains hinders research.-The Columbus Dispatch, April 16
* Fish lurk in streams.-Rochester, New York, Democrat & Chronicle, January 29
The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.
The Sunday after Christmas, the Sunday School teacher told her students about an angel appearing to Joseph in a dream, warning him about danger to the baby Jesus and telling him how to escape from it.
After the story time, the students were given an opportunity to draw a picture about the story. Most of the pictures were predictable, but Larry’s had an odd element in it.
“Larry, I see Joseph and Mary with the baby Jesus on a donkey, but what is that following the donkey?
“It’s the flea, teacher.”
“Flea…? Ah…what flea?” asked the teacher.
To which the boy faithfully repeated the Bible verse:
“Take Mary and Jesus and flea to Egypt. There’s Mary; there’s Jesus; and there’s the flea.”
There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.
A group of elderly Jewish men meet every Wednesday for coffee and a chat. They drink their coffee and then sit for hours discussing the world situation. Usually, their discussion is very negative. One day, Aaron surprises his friends by announcing, loud and clear, “You know what? I’ve now become an optimist.”
Everyone is totally shocked and all conversation dries up. But then Sam notices something isn’t quite right and he says to Aaron, “Hold on a minute, if you’re an optimist, why are you looking so worried?”
Aaron replies, “Do you think it’s easy being an optimist?”
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of candle will never be shortened. Happiness never ceases by being shared.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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