Lately putting together a blog post has been tough, as I have been incredibly busy while still pushing through my neck pain, which then flares my fibromyalgia. I feel like I have lost some of my zip. Work, volunteering on the board of a non-profit, and life in general keeps me busy and tired. But as this is National Volunteer Week, I thought I would share a collection of my favorite inspirational quotes bring the point of volunteering home. I wrote about this a few months back in a post called I Can Do Something, inspired by this quote:
“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
So why do I volunteer?
- Giving back to small businesses or non-profit organizations helps society. There are organizations that just couldn’t do what they manage to accomplish without the help of volunteers, given their limited resources.
- Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and the ability to contribute to a cause you care about while sharing your talents.
- Volunteering helps you build relationships with others who are also passionate about your cause, and gives you a community to belong to.
Last year at this time, I wrote about a community service project my leadership class was participating in called Garland Gives and making an impact in the community. It was through that experience that I got involved with a local food pantry known as Good Samaritans of Garland, an organization that believes no one should go hungry. They are all about people helping people in our home town. Those were two beliefs I could rally behind. I am truly #blessed and decided I wanted to give back in ways other than financially. So last December I joined the board, hoping I could help make a difference. It has only been a few months, but it has been an exciting few months for me to learn something new and bring my strengths to an organization in need. (Some days I do feel energized by this – almost zippy!)
So this week, please count your blessings think about what you can do to get out an make a difference in your community. Help a neighbor. Volunteer at a local church, school, or non-profit. Do something to help make our world just a little bit better and brighter for us being here.
Here are some words from others that I hope will inspire you:
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou
“There is no greater gift than giving one’s time and energy helping others without expecting anything in return.” Nelson Mandela
Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the heart! ❤
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James
“No one has ever become poor from giving.” Anne Frank
“May you fall asleep in a dream and awake with a purpose.”
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.” Albert Schweitzer
“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” Tom Brokaw
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
“Only a life lived for others is worth living.” Albert Einstein
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” John Maxwell
Remember: Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.