“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill
Sometimes, when you volunteer for a cause, it’s not all bake sales and glitzy fundraisers. It’s standing up and shining light in dark places. Easy? No. But sometimes that’s what it takes to make what you care about, a reality.
What causes matter most to you?
Thanks to Pattie Welek Hall for first bringing this quote to my attention.
Bleeding hearts…do-gooders…dove-eyed idealists–not terms especially positive. In fact, my dictionary gives the definition of a do-gooder as ‘a well-meaning, but unrealistic or interfering philanthropist or reformer’. Wow.
But volunteers range anywhere from moms in the local PTA to doctors doing surgeries in war zones. When you think of a volunteer, what image first comes to your mind?
Why is that?
Several years ago, I was helping re-roof a girls’ dormitory at an orphanage in Guatemala when, in mid-hammer swing, I was offered a job working in humanitarian logistics. My shock was quickly followed by a gasp of pain from flattening my finger rather than the nail. With my finger in my mouth, (Why do we do that anyway? It’s not like it helps), I nodded. Didn’t plan it, but it proved a great opportunity. You just never know when or where it can happen.
Have you ever volunteered yourself into a job?