I Can Do Something

I love to find inspiring words and share them with others and find ways to apply them to my life. After all, the fun in life is sharing, caring, loving, and giving. Yes, I truly believe that.

“I can’t do everything but I can do SOMETHING. I will not let the things I cannot do prevent me from doing the things I can.” ~ Helen Keller

It’s been a few months since my last blog post. My absence can be attributed to two things: First, with my daughter now away at college and my son working full time, I have found I have free time to find what I enjoy doing and am passionate about. That time has been spent volunteering and being active with my leadership alumni group of friends. The second more compelling reason for my absence has been related to a new/old health issue that has been causing me a tremendous amount of pain. Chronic pain is a real energy drain. So any spare time I have had lately has been spent resting, visiting doctors, researching the problem, and trying to feel better. (More on this in another blog…)

While chronic pain may limit the things I can do physically, I am able to share my other talents by volunteering. Giving back. Sometimes the selfless act of helping others can help us forget the pains we suffer. So I volunteer with Women in Technology at girls STEM events, and I joined the board of a local food pantry (who is so much more to the community) to try to help them make a difference. As the quote notes, I can’t do EVERYTHING, although Lord knows I have tried. But I can do SOMETHING.

Do you volunteer? I would love to hear the sorts of things you do.

Cheers!

Cynthia

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Author: PhotoBaugh

Wife. Mom. Fibro-warrior. Joy seeker. California girl living in Texas. Always learning. Not afraid to fail. Life's too short to drink bad coffee.

9 thoughts on “I Can Do Something”

  1. i don’t volunteer now because i’m too sick, but years ago i volunteered at a animal rescue shelter. that’s my passion rescue animals.

    i had chronic migraines so it was tough. but i did it anyway. the migraines came on several times a week for 2 years.

    back to the topic! of course i worked at a no kill shelter, but this was even better! they took a truck around to the shelters that killed the animals that didn’t get adopted. they took away all the animals that were going to be killed that day. they brought them back to our shelter. they did that everyday. isn’t that awesome?

    our shelter kept animals for the length of their natural lives if they didn’t get adopted. they had a special room for cats with FIV! each animal had a “condo” which was a room with a bed and toys and food and water. sometimes two animals shared a room. the rooms had windows and glass doors so they weren’t shut in a dark, windowless room.

    we walked them and socialized them so they were more likely to be adopted. we played with them and just tried to get the scared ones to interact with people and the overly crazy (lol) ones to calm down and be more of a good pet.

    we took classes before we started working with the animals. there were a lot of volunteers, the place is really big. they even have a vet on site. they spay or neuter any animal that is old enough. kitten season was *very* exciting!! i worked with both cats and dogs, i love them both.

    it was an amazing experience and i wish i could still do it. someday! 🙂

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