How We Can Make The World Better For Having Been In It

May 8, 2011 • By

After reading an insightful post from the NVR Guys about volunteerism and giving back, I was so moved by it that I decided to expound on my response to it which was:

“I’ve always liked the old Shirley Chisholm quote: “Service is the rent that we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” To that end, you guys are operating at a surplus. I think one of the best things that you can do for yourself is to give back…it’s actually a selfish endeavor really, because you get back much more than you give. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you’ve made the difference in someone’s life. It really is a beautiful thing.

Even if you think you have nothing to offer, there is always someone who is sick, infirmed or elderly and would love the company of even strangers because so many of their own families have abandoned them. Giving companionship doesn’t require any special talent, only a willing heart”.

One look at the news on any given day and we can be overwhelmed by the massive needs in our own country and abroad.  Suddenly, it makes us question our ability to exact real change when such seemingly insurmountable problems exist.  We realize our own frailty and relative insignificance in the scheme of things and convince ourselves that the problem is too big to tackle.

Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service. – Mother Teresa

This gives us a momentary reprieve when we feel justified to do nothing.  We wait for others to pick up the slack to do the things that we’ve assured ourselves that is much bigger than ourselves.  We see issues like teen pregnancy and wring our hands and pontificate about how difficult it will be for the young parent and her child.  Yet, we won’t muster up the energy to call a teen pregnancy prevention center and become a mentor who could possibly help to prevent another pregnancy.READ MORE