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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Give A Little

I was thinking yesterday about how many people enrich my life.  Of course, this led to wondering if I do anything that makes life better for others.  The obvious answer here is that, as an elementary school teacher, I enrich the lives of some children.  I even had a child tell me a few weeks ago that I was a "Precious Light from Heaven." 
This was very sweet but also sort of  made me wonder about the teachers in her previous experience because I run a pretty tough classroom this time of year.  But hey, I will take the love where I find it. 

I also thought about the professional organizations that I am in with other writers.  I have had the wonderful opportunity this past year to give back to the Romance Writers of America by serving on a national committee and helping shape the future leaders of our organization.  I have gotten to work along side of some great folks who have taught me a lot. I have been an officer in my local writers' group, Heart of Dixie, and have been able to be a part of many fun tasks such as planning programs and re-working the chapter by-laws and the policies and procedures manual.  I think we have worked to help our chapter grow and adapt to whatever changes the future holds. 

I thought about the volunteer work that I do at my church and in my community.  I pitch in to help with youth events, children's events, and tutor in the community.

I think this sort of thing makes our world a better place. But was I really helping others or  just selfishly trying to make sure that my world is as nice as I can make it?  And that is when I realized that at each  place where that I give a little of myself that there are always many other people whose gift is enriching my life!

I think that giving back to our world is an important element of being happy and content.  Do you agree?  If so, how do you give back to the people or groups in your life?


  1. I agree wholeheartedly that giving back enriches your life. I work with a divorce recovery group, and while it's sometimes hard to listen to people talk about their divorces, I know that talking helps you heal, so I'll listen all I have to. This is my way of paying forward for all the help people gave me during my divorce.

    If everyone had your attitude and was a Precious Light from Heaven, it'd be a far better world.


  2. I don't volunteer any more. Guess I am getting lazy. Kudos to you, though, for all you do!

  3. Stephanie, I think you've got it wrong. "... just selfishly trying to make sure that my world is as nice as I can make it?" I don't think that's being selfish. I think that's the most unselfish thing anyone can ever do. If we all gave back to others, this world would be a much better place. I'm so proud of you for helping guide the next generation into the world. That is truly where changing the world starts, one child at a time.

    I used to volunteer myself all over the place. And I'd get so worn out. I also learned that I wasn't doing myself or anyone else any good by being so frazzled all the time, especially my family.

    Baby steps. Give when you can. Do what you feel you must. Love always.

    I hope I make a difference in this world before my time is done, no matter how small.

    Great post!

  4. Marilyn, thank you for your kind words. I think it is great that you can help others who are going through a such a tough time!

    Cheryl, there is no way you are lazy as many animals as you keep up.

    Kathy, I know that there is always a danger of over committing. You are right that all that running around can make one tired. Since I have started working every afternoon I have had to cut back on some things myself!
    Thanks for the compliment.

  5. Here's the thing with volunteer work: when the world at large gets wind that you will do what you say and you're willing, everyone asks. And every cause is worthy. There was a time when I really overextended myself.

    I still volunteer but I pick and choose.