I have been thinking about how to fill the last of the BBFF (Beauty, Brains, Finance, and Fitness) categories, and have decided it is best to keep it well-rounded. When considering how “brains” fits in, it could essentially be a wide range of topics and ideas. So, I will bring you a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. From scientific discoveries, to concepts in business management, to amazing moments in sports, who knows. If there is something you have been wondering about and would like me to look into, let me know. I’ll give it a whirl 🙂
I thought a good way to start out would be to bring you an essay I wrote to culminate one of my many courses this semester. It addresses volunteering and the positive impact it can have. It pertains to my life, as well as the lives of many of you out there. Here goes…
To Be a Volunteer
During the holiday season, people contemplate what they are grateful for, and the ways in which they can give. They focus on how they can help others enjoy the season too, and find solace in what they have. It is a particularly frequent time for people to volunteer, get into volunteering, and continue with the ways in which they normally volunteer. Regardless, giving can have a powerful effect and can go a long way in helping others, no matter how small or large the gesture. What does it mean to give, and how does one give his or her time? In the world today, how important is it to be aware and helpful of others, despite one’s own circumstances? Giving is an important aspect of human nature, and creates a connection with others. Overall, it is an integral part of bringing people together, acting with others in mind, and servicing a greater purpose.
Everyone could use a little help once in awhile, but some may need a little more help than others. Be it adults, children, the environment, or animals it is imperative people look out for one another and what is around us. By coming together, it creates a true global community that works together to fight against the struggles of the world. According to CEO of Causecast, Ryan Horoszowski (2015), “Volunteering creates and spreads love and empathy, and helps people realize their true potential…25 years from now, I want to live in an equitable, empathic and loving civilization that cares more about its people than the health of its economy, and that is not something that simply giving money can accomplish.” Mother Teresa (n.d.) expanded upon this idea of giving in saying, “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.” These sentiments express that money cannot reach in the manner volunteering can. Overall, money can further the expanse of organizations or projects, but it will never replace giving one’s time and the connections that creates.
People begin volunteering for their own reasons, but it starts in a place of wanting to help. Service to others is an essential part of the cohesiveness and symbiotic relationships in the world. As Horoszowski (2015) said, “It creates connections across geographic, cultural and racial borders that helps me see beauty in more places.” The Dali Lama XIV (n.d.) makes these connections through the heart, and adds, “Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness. When one desires to alleviate the suffering of others and to promote their well-being, then generosity – in action, word, and thought – is this desire put into practice.” This generosity of the heart goes a long way in binding people together and allowing them to recognize the similarities in one another they might not otherwise notice. Through volunteering, each person can develop or strengthen cultural competence, but in doing so, must realize what people around the community, nation, and world have in common.
At times, people may think that they don’t need to volunteer because others do, or what little they can contribute won’t make a difference. The reality is, this could not be further from the truth. As Mother Teresa (n.d.) said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Even the smallest intention can change circumstances or make someone’s day. A person can provide hope, understanding, companionship, or as Pope Francis (2014) said, “give voice” to others or causes. It is not about the amount of time contributed, but the value of that time and how it affects others.
Another reason the world needs volunteers, is creating mutually beneficial relationships, and as a byproduct, teaching about others. As it says in the Bible, Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” In other words, for doing good, good will come unto you. Horoszowski (2015) sums this idea up in his own words in saying, “Volunteering allows me to learn from others,” and helps bring the world together. Overall, these types of relationships encourage many positive ways one gives their time and the time gives back. For example, peace, unity, compassion, cultural awareness, and cultural sensitivity can be heightened or achieved by learning from one another.
In the end, giving time means helping others, regardless of the time of the year and in turn, helping one’s self. This helps create different types of relationships and binds different people in the world, together. One learns that although people may be different from one another, when it comes down to it there are commonalities and they aren’t really that different after all. People come together to help each other, and to help causes that need a sense of togetherness. From sickness, to poverty, to sustainable ideas, each cause resonates with people across the world, and through relationships, people can create a better world. As Horoszowski (2015) said, “This better world can only be realized by people coming together and giving the best of themselves: their time, their minds and their hearts.”
Church teachings: Quotes about poverty from Pope Francis. (2015). Catholics Confront Global
Horoszowski, M. (2015, April 23). Why I volunteer as a CEO. Huff Post: Community Kindness.
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