There Is Always Next Year

Rotary International - photo by Diesel Demon

Happy New Year! A new decade. Let’s hope it’s a good one. 

Every year when I watch the Rose parade, I think… ‘One of these years, I’d like to go out to Pasadena and volunteer to help decorate a float. I have no idea for which organization, so I can’t say I’d be doing it to selflessly promote awareness of a worthy cause. I just think it would be fun, for some reason, to spend several hours monotonously gluing corn silk and palm fiber onto a small section of earlobe or paw.

BUT, if I ever do get the chance, I would probably try to volunteer for one with a humanitarian mission—like this year’s float to encourage awareness of the fight against Alzheimer’s or last year’s Rotary International float* to promote the eradication of polio. Why not have some fun AND support a cause? Does one preclude the other?

To me, volunteering doesn’t have to be drudgery. In fact, I think it’s good that we get a little fun out of it; it keeps us honest and leaves less room to build up pride over what we might consider ‘sacrificial deeds’. I don’t know anyone who ever intended to become a self-righteous hypocrite.

So, with that said, I also must admit…I’d volunteer to work on Trader Joe’s next float in a heartbeat…if they’d only agree to open a store in Charleston!!

*Note: I think you have to be a member of Rotary, Rotaract or Interact clubs to have the opportunity to glue a flower on their float, which at least at the moment, nixes me out of the running.

Photo by Diesel Demon

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