Blogger April writes about volunteering
If I only had more time, I would…
Travel. Spend time with family. Exercise. Spend time with my kids. Go for a walk. Vacation. Read. Work harder. Make something. Build something. Start a business. Change the world. Give. Live. Be. Volunteer.
There is one thing in this life that is precious.
There is one thing in this life that we waste, more than anything.
What would you do if you had more time?
Each winter, I’m given a gift. I work seasonally, and six months of the year I’m off, and I’m grateful to live in a country that provides me with pay during this time.
Though some winters I decide to work, this particular winter I stayed at home and I started to realize that my time, especially my free time, is something that I can give. With that, I started thinking about what I might do with it.
I’ve always thought about volunteering. I spend a lot of time helping people, friends and family, in various ways, whether I watch their kids, help them move, or just be a listening ear, I’m always there to lend a hand when needed. I spend a lot of time doing small tasks for others to make their lives easier and better.
But I felt a need to do something more. To become a part of something that considered me a volunteer, to become a bigger part of my community.
I felt this strong desire to be generous. Usually, I am generous with money. I love to donate to organizations that make a difference or an impact. But, with a limited income, it is hard to be generous with money.
I decided it was time that I become generous with my time. There is nothing I value more than my time. Whether it is spent laughing, talking, visiting, relaxing, sleeping, eating, refueling for the next day, there are moments in my day that I value over anything else. This is when I realized that my time is very valuable. There are certain things I wouldn’t give up or change for anything.
Now that I get more involved in causes that I believe in, I feel a greater sense of belonging. I feel empowered, I feel rewarded, I feel a sense of peace that I’ve made a contribution. That I’ve changed society in a small way just by being a presence. By smiling, by offering a kind word, by being there, just being there, in case I’m needed.
These words were spoken by our Prime Minister today and I can honestly say I’ve never been more proud of a leader of our country.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Volunteer Week:
“This week is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers for the selfless work they do to help those around them.
“The theme for this year’s campaign—Volunteers are the roots of strong communities—recognizes that volunteers are at the heart of healthy and resilient communities.
“We each have the power to make the world a better place. We can help a senior citizen who can no longer drive, mentor a young person in an after-school program, or welcome Syrian refugees to their new country. Volunteers look for opportunities to contribute their time, passion, and skill to make a positive difference in the lives of others. They believe—and know—that better is always possible.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I want to thank all the volunteers who every day accomplish extraordinary things and make Canada a great place to live.”
Sometimes it can be hard to know where we fit in. We may not think we have anything to offer, that we have a special skill, or that we have time to give to others. Yet we do these things on a daily basis without even realizing it. We talk to people we know, we give our time to school, work, extracurricular activities, our kids, our friends, our family, ourselves, tv, video games, cell phones. Maybe it’s time that we are more generous with our time. That we realize that our time is a very precious gift, and that we can use it to do so much good in the world. Just by being ourselves. Just by evaluating who we are, what we love, and who can benefit from who we are and what we love.
We are valuable. Our time is valuable. There are many people who would appreciate a few moments of our time and would be very grateful just for our smile, just for our words, just for our ears, just for our presence. The one thing that we all have is time. There is a matter of choosing how we use it, of deciding that it is valuable, and of opening our eyes to the possibility that we might just make a big difference with a small action.