“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” – Woodrow Wilson
I love that quote. It kept me going through my toughest years serving as a volunteer leader. It forced me to “think bigger” about applying my skills and experience.
Anyone Can Do It
Maybe you’re stuck in a job that is less than engaging. Maybe you work to “live”, meaning that your Monday – Friday routine is centered around the idea that you work so that you can focus on more important things in your off time.
And that’s okay. This post isn’t about trying to help you fix that (assuming it needs fixing).
This post is about letting you know that some non profit somewhere needs you. It doesn’t need you to be its hero, it just needs you to show up.
It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, or how engaged you are in your day job. You can make a difference. Every day you use skills that when applied in the right environment can dramatically change the lives of other people.
Don’t think big just yet, think small. What can you do once a month, once a quarter, once a year? How can you apply what you do every day to benefit others?
Whatever you do, be consistent about it. The rest will take care of itself.
Just keep one thing in mind. It’s up to you to take that first step.
Not sure where to start?
Check out VolunteerMatch.Org to find a cause that “lights you up”.
Image Credit: By Leif Skoogfors (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons