Do you have anything left to give? Do you feel that your days are filled with giving, and you don’t think you could possibly do more?
There is a saying from somewhere that you may be familiar with and it goes something like this:
“If you need something done right away just ask someone who has a lot to do. They will get it done.” Why would that be a good idea?
People who are actively involved in organizations, whether it is a non-profit group that does a good service for a community, like Meals on Wheels, or your local humane society, they are busy people.
They don’t add one more commitment to their list because they have little to do. To the contrary, if you ask someone who is an active volunteer, what they do all day, they will give you a list.
I have found that when people retire, and their schedules revolve around their golf game tee time, when they get their hair or nails done, or watching TV, eventually there is an emptiness that they never had when they “worked.”
We all need a purpose. We are at our best when we have something to focus on outside of ourselves and our current circumstances.
I know many caregivers that continue their volunteer work, even if their loved one at home requires a great deal of care. Why?
Getting out and providing a service is motivating to many people. It fills the soul with a sense of changing someone else’s situation. That alone is healing for the person doing the giving and the person who is receiving.
Consider looking around your community and see what you could do to help someone else.
Get up and Get Out! Get out of your own way!
Don’t allow your present circumstances to promote negativity! You’re the one that controls that!
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Together we can support each other and accomplish AMAZING things! “Now, let’s get going!” xo Sally
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