As far back as I can remember my family laid a foundation of serving the community. Whether it was feeding the hungry, teaching children in urban settings or caring for foster children – I was fortunate enough that doing good in the community was a part of my everyday life. Being young, I just assumed that everyone had the same experiences I did, but it wasn’t until I grew up that I realized how fortunate I was.
The sad fact is that volunteering time, donating money and giving one’s abilities for the good of the community is more of a rarity than the norm in many people’s lives. People constantly put it off and make excuses for themselves saying, “I don’t know what to do” or “I’ll volunteer when I have more time.”
Mother Theresa touched on it perfectly when she said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed one.”
There is always something you can do.
As Pastor Bill Wilson once said, “The need is the call.” If you start from a place of knowing that there is much to be done and every little bit helps, it’s easy.
Here are 6 ways that employees and our customers can discover their life’s passion:
- Observe the needs of the people around you at work, church, school and in your community.
- Find out what can be done right now to make the place you live a better place. I was fortunate enough to have parents that instilled a Culture of Good within me, but sometimes you need to find it for yourself.
- Set your intention by writing down what needs you can begin to meet in your local community.
- Involve others in your plans. Don’t do good alone!
- Do what you can with what you have. Don’t delay on your response to the needs of others.
- Repeat 1-5 with a consistent, predictable cadence.
Start simple with a day serving at the soup kitchen or at a local Boys and Girls Club. You can’t discover what your passion is if you don’t position yourself in a place of contribution. Chances are, once you start, you will find your passion and then you won’t be able to get enough.
Everyone dreams of a society where the hungry are no longer hungry, where the thirsty are no longer thirsty and where the hurting have someone to turn to. That dream starts with you. It can only become a reality when we move past our apprehensions and excuses and meet the needs that we see within our community and world.