There comes a time in our lives when the status quo isn't working for us. What used to be OK isn't enough anymore. We are fortunate to have many opportunities to give back by volunteering and it can be a life-changing experience.
At my corporate cubical several years ago an email went out to all employees looking for 10 volunteers to train with the Red Cross and go to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina for disaster relief. For some reason I was drawn to go even though I had no experience. A couple weeks later I was in New Orleans three days after they drained the city. 150 employees went over several weeks. Seventy percent of Red Cross volunteers for Katrina were first time volunteers. That experience changed my life. There becomes a bond between volunteers and an unspoken understanding.
Joey called from Utopia Tattoo in Auburn CA to talk about Tatu-Derm a few months ago.
On a recent visit to the shop, Joey shared a story about his need to give back. What started with a donation drive for art supplies led to monthly visits to the Shriner's Children's Hospital. All the guys from the shop teaching sick kids about art. (insert photo A) The first visit was planned for an hour and ran nearly 5 hours over. Some of the guys are dads. Some of the kids don't have a dad. They shared the experience of feeling outcast - the tattooed guys for their extensive ink and piercings and the kids because of the injuries and deformaties. They bonded through art, teaching, drawing and coloring. The dads kept their brave faces at the hospital and shed tears hugging their healthy kids when they got home. The mundane turned to joy by simple acts of giving back.
If you feel something is missing in your life, look around for a way to give back (a few ideas listed below). Look for a common bond with someone that doesn't look like you. The joy you give will fill your heart.
Tell us about your experience giving back.
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