Discover the Benefits of Volunteering for Your Heart and Soul
Are you a volunteer?
Or has there been a time in your life that you thought about becoming one?
When your schedule is so hectic, you already feel strapped for time. With barely enough time to relax, time for quiet, just time for yourself, volunteering and doing some community service may be the least of your concerns.
It’s tough. It’s challenging to give of your time when you feel like you’re already stretched so thin. After all, you’re already making the most of your daily routine with a to-do list that’s to the roof. So even when volunteer opportunities come up you conclude that now just isn’t the right time.
So Why Volunteer?
Maybe you have three kids, an 8-5 job, and almost ZERO pamper-me time. Your time is one of your most precious resources, not only for you, but for others too.
So why should you even consider doing voluntary work?
Simply because there’s a profound beauty in not only freely offering your skills and talents, but also in something else that’s just as valuable as your time, the experience. There’s an unexplainable kind of joy and satisfaction that reaches the depths of your heart when you go out of your way to volunteer and share a portion of yourself with others.
In my case, it was when I came to a nursing home and did volunteer work as a pastor.
I wasn’t really looking for extra community service ideas at that time.
But I decided to go for it when my grandmother told me to try volunteering at a nursing home. My grandmother lives in a nursing home in Minnesota. She told me I would learn something if I go and volunteer there.
I really had no idea or preconceived notion of what I would get out of taking on volunteer activities at a nursing home. But I soon found myself becoming richer, maybe not in the worldly sense of being rich, but my heart just became so full… So full of love and life and compassion.
Working with people has always been my passion, and this opportunity of becoming a volunteer made a huge difference in my life.
I only had 50 to 60 people in our small congregation at the nursing home. But the experience I gained was far greater than I ever could have imagined.
After the service, we would sit together, talk and share stories. It was one of my favorite things about being at the nursing home. I was surrounded by all these amazing people who held so much wisdom, so many fascinating stories and I loved listening to them. I absorbed a rich experience from them that I would never have gotten from just coming, giving a sermon, and leaving.
Just opening my heart and learning from these remarkable stories of courage, faith, love, and life made my life richer than ever before.
Then it came back to me, what my grandmother said before I even started with this volunteer work. She told me about the things I could gain from doing it.
She never said anything about volunteer benefits or things like that. I guess she knew I would discover it anyway.
And I did.
It was unclear to me before, but now everything makes sense. And I am glad I did it.
Volunteering Benefits are Beyond Words
These lovely people, in their 80s, 90s, some even close to 100 years old, never hesitated to share a story or two, a smile or two. They showered me with so much love by just being around them. It was wonderful.
In the same way, I gave all that I am to them. My time became more precious because I was spending it in very meaningful ways.
I looked forward to each day that I spent at the nursing home. Perhaps this, added task to my daily routine was a test of my time management, as I have other personal duties to take care of. But to me, everything was worth it. No regrets, but only pure inspiration and happiness since day one.
That’s why I wanted to share this amazing experience I had from becoming a volunteer with you. It has truly enriched my life in so many ways, and I believe it can do the same for you.
It can be anything you want really and doesn’t have to be in the same area all the time. There are a ton of volunteer opportunities out there for you to choose from. You can even start by helping out the people in your immediate circle.
Right at the very core of every human being is the desire to love, to share, and to celebrate life with others. Do not deprive yourself of that longing. Experience the richness in your heart that you’ll gain through volunteering. And I firmly believe that there is no better way to jump in than to just make the leap.