Did you ever read the book “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman? Without giving it all away I can tell you that a “Guru” comes into Dan’s life and helps him change his ways to a more profound and meaningful existence. Dan met the Guru who was working at a gas station of all places. Dan asks him if you’re so great and knowledgeable, then why do you work at a gas station. The man replied, it’s a service station. And the most important thing in this life is to be of service to others.
There was this pretty hip cat who lived around 2,000 years ago who shared the same philosophy. Too bad so many continually miss the point.
And maybe it’s not about missing the point. Maybe people just aren’t sure how to help?? I have heard this before. People want to get engaged…they just don’t know how, when or where. Let me break it down for you.
Find a CAUSE (not a business, or other opportunity) about which you are passionate. Maybe it’s school supplies for children (help our friends at Operation: Kid Equip). Maybe you like tearing down blighted houses (check out Blightbusters) or maybe you’re into animals. So many shelters have way too many potential pets. If you can’t work at one, maybe you can foster? And there’s so many “green” opportunities for you environmentally friendly types…
It doesn’t matter what you’re into. Pick something and then figure out how to become a part of it.
You have three things you can give:
- Time- Volunteer. Give some of your time. Join your organization in their quest to make the world better.
- Money- Help them fund their initiatives. I haven’t met a non-profit yet who said “We have too much money”.
- Connections- Introduce your cause to your network. The more the merrier.
Most every organization out there will be glad to take any or all of those three from you. All you have to do is reach out to them and let them know you wish to help. They have volunteer coordinators for those who give time just like they have financial coordinators for those who wish to give money.
And please don’t kid yourself by thinking “I’m just one person. What difference can I make”. Like the movie “The Lorax” said: “Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”. You can be the difference maker IF and when you CHOOSE to be.
I will write an entire piece on the value you will receive by being of service at another time. In the meantime, suffice it to say that those who give, receive. There are universal laws that work on your behalf to assure this is true. Additionally, really good people serve non-profits so you’re likely to meet some new folks you like.
Is there a non-profit you support that you wish to share here?
How did you pick that one?
What’s your favorite way to give back?