Investing yourself in change is a path to distributed immortality. You won’t necessarily get to see your cheek bones in change, but the effects of your investment can last for generations. They can inspire people to inspire more people. Even if a person has no idea how a bit of beauty or solitude came into being, they might be changed by it. We’ve all been changed by people never known to us.
Putting your shoulder to a project is a way of loving the world and its inhabitants without worrying about payback. For those of us whose parents are no longer with us, it’s even a way to love them for what they gave us and loving ourselves for sharing it.
Hopefully you’ve heard the expression, “Pay it forward.” Making your mark by investing your time or money in change will make the world a little different or a lot different.
Dive in. Make a difference! … in yourself as well as the world.
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.