Today’s task: Commit to do some service. You obviously don’t have to do the service in the next 24 hours. Your task is simply to find a project or opportunity you’d like to volunteer for and sign up if you can. Or come up with a project that you’re going to create yourself.
Interesting timing for this article - it's 6:45am on a Saturday morning and I'm heading out the door to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity. The association of professional designers that I belong to is holding a garage sale today to raise funds for HfH; at first I was kind of annoyed that I was roped into doing this on a weekend - I work an insane amount of hours during the week and my time with my wife and family on the weekend is limited and sacred to me. However, that one line in this article - "The public service we render is the rent we pay for our place on earth." - stuck with me. Instead of 'having to', I 'get to'.
I live in a city that is consistently voted as the number one place to live on the planet, in a beautiful condo in the downtown core, with a gorgeous wife. I also live in a city that has an underlying homeless problem, a propensity to view such things with a very cold and detached eye, and I have an opportunity to do something small that can make a difference and kind of say 'thanks' to the big guy upstairs. It kind of puts things in perspective and forces me to take my eyes off of myself.
Thanks for giving me a virtual poke in the ribs Brett - I needed it.
I totally see where you're coming from. Sometimes I'm reluctant to go do service because it will take away time from my wife. Thankfully, I have a wife who has things in perspective and reminds me that service is the rent I pay for being on earth.
One thing I've been involved in for a while is Kiva.org, which is not so much a charitable institution as it is a "teach a man to fish" kind of organization, lending micro-loans to borrowers in third-world countries.
I've been in the Big Brother Program for seven years, and defintley would reccomend this as the service. Not only does it make you a better man, but you get to mentor a child into becoming a better man.
It doesnt take up as much time as you think, and is a great way to give back to the community. Definltey check out the big brother website
He loves movies, so we've watched a lot of movies over the years. Throw in go karts, paintball, the beach, and videogames and weve done a lot of things together. Probably my favorite was playing basketball in a bounce house his grandparents had rented for his bday. As he's gotten older it has been easier to talk to have a better influence on him (or atleast its easier to observe the effects of my mentorship) And now that hes a senior in high school, I get a lot of questions about adult hood. I dont know them all but I try my best to answer them.
A friend of ours recently lost his battle with cancer. Several friends and I and our families were planning to have a work day today at his house for his widow and their 4 children, but the repairs to their roof aren't yet finished. When the roof work is completed, we'll get to help them out.
Basically completed all the tasks this week except create a budget. I don't really have expenses outside of costs of general tomfoolery being only 19 and on summer break, so I didn't know what to budget for. Otherwise
-made a meal - barbecued for myself and a few friends
-talked to some random people - running errands and at a party where I didnt know some people
-found my NUTs - these will change as I get older but its a good start
-scheduled a physical - didn't actually schedule one per se, but I have one this summer before I start volunteering
Today's task: Perform service
- Signed up about a month or two ago to be a volunteer firefigher. The township is taking forever to process the paperwork.
- Put the gears in motion and I'll soon be starting my own health website to share my knowledge on health and fitness.
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