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October 6, 2011

Finding Purpose

by jacktomkinson
Rodin's The Thinker

Photo Credit: kakissel on Flickr

Been there, done that?  Don’t need to go back?

For many of us, personal indulgence has its limits.
It’s not a black or white issue mind you; indulgence has its places.  Still, we humans like purpose.  It’s remarkably satisfying to be helpful, kind, pivotal – any number of descriptors that mean you improved the legacy of the human race.

While American’s like our superstars, we also love that English teacher who gave us the love of learning and exploration, the coach who convinced us to try again, the stranger who anonymously inspired us and good old Granny whose internal beauty is too grand to describe.

Even the old fella sweeping the walk exudes something special – a generous commitment to keeping the community “nice.”

Whatever your skills or predilections, we hope you’ll find a place to give and that you’ll feel the importance of your gift. At Bradner Gardens there is a woman who has made cinnamon rolls for work parties for years.  You know she’s important!

Volunteer projects depend on many details to succeed: bookkeeping, weeding, neighborhood outreach, celebrations, political outreach, brainstorming, problem solving, business acumen – the list goes on and on.  Remember all of your skills when looking for purpose, and realize that every one is important and has purpose.

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