Volunteer is the special V word I spoke of here. The past few years, my employer has made volunteering in the community a priority. Not that we didn’t volunteer before because we have always been a very service oriented organization (#weknowwhatitmeanstoserve) but the current CEO has upped the ante. We are even given paid time off during the work day to participate.
Perhaps because of my upbringing (my daddy was the epitome of generosity) or maybe my natural inclination, I am a good helper. I am not exactly strong but like an energizer bunny that keeps going. As I am uncomfortable with silence I work to AVOID the necessity of small talk. While working a volunteer event the conversation is with regards to the what is being done … sort of pre-packaged discussion (for lack of a better way to put it).
And because my day job is a desk job, I welcome the change of pace. I often wish I had stayed in a job that was more physically demanding. Too bad my skill set runs in the soft and cerebral variety. And NO I did not mean to insinuate physical labor requires no thinking. In fact, often times one has to be even more prepared and alert or you’ll lose an arm or something.
After a volunteer event, no matter the task, the reward is palpable. What I do not like doing is tracking my hours. Kind of defeats the purpose of just because doesn’t it? I get tired sometimes of everything having to be quantified in some form or fashion. No ulterior motives. For me, giving is best without any expectation of reciprocity. Boy wouldn’t reciprocity been a great R word 🙂
These two previously written posts sum up my sentiments perfectly. Go on and click the links. You know you want to. I’ll be waiting right here.
Okay and now that you’re back, get out there and spread some sunshine! But only if you want to that is … because volunteer is the opposite of mandatory ya know. Get it? J-Dub’s humor attempt fails. Nothing new to see here folks. Move along.
As always, more to come.
This post was written as part of Blogging From A to Z April (2018) Challenge.