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18 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer

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Leadership Training Participants from Sitio Payong, Quezon City. The seminar was conducted by Idente Youth Volunteers Philippines

 

Someone once said that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” If you are tired of complaining of all the wrong circumstances you see and are ready to do something about the problems in our society, here are some reasons why you should finally make time to volunteer:

  1. It will boost your morale.
  2. It will give you a sense of purpose.
  3. You will have a reason to wake up in the morning.
  4. It will teach you to be selfless.
  5. You will realize how blessed you are.
  6. You will make a difference in every life that you touch.
  7. It will make you happier.
  8. You will know that you are doing something worthwhile.
  9. It will exercise your brain power.
  10. You will be more grateful of the things that you have.
  11. You are now part of the solution and not the problem.
  12. It will make you more human.
  13. You will meet a lot of inspiring people.
  14. You will have friends from all parts of the world.
  15. It will teach you how to be humble.
  16. It will broaden your view of the world.
  17. You will meet people from all walks of life.
  18. You become the change that you want to see in the world.

What is your passion? Are you into building homes? Do you like teaching arts and crafts? Do you like teaching kids? Are you into health-care? Choose a volunteer work that you love and join the NGOs that share your passion. Make things happen. “Dreams mean work.” You only have one life to live. Make it count.

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How to See the Good in the Bad

 

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I fell down a flight of stairs and hurt my back the other day. I still suffer from the back pain and it’s quite annoying how much of my thought process resolves around how painful my back is. I can easily wrap myself in a self-pity bun and point out how unlucky I am, how problematic my life is, and how much the universe conspires to torture me. However, this back pain made me realize quite the opposite.

One. I have functional limbs.

Just imagine how your life would be like without an arm, without a leg or two, without your eyesight, without your voice, without any of the body parts that you take for granted just because you’re used to having them. Then acknowledge the strength and courage of the people who don’t have the luxury to have a complete and well-functioning set of body parts but still thrive for today and every other day of their lives.

Two. I’m surrounded by people who care.

After I accompanied my dad for a check –up, he accompanied me to the pharmacy for pain-killers. He has his own problems to think of but he still cares about my problems. My friends were also sympathetic about my misfortune and in their simple ways, alleviated my suffering. God is so good for blessing me with these people.

Three. It is not the end of the world.

No matter how bad my day is, no matter how unlucky I may seem, no matter how painful my circumstance may be, the world will not end if I still have hope in me.  “Hope is the only thing more powerful than fear” as President Snow in Hunger Games said. I’m simply letting the Katniss in me shine.

Bottom line. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. All the bad things in your life may be real but so is all the good. You just have to choose to linger on the bright side. Sometimes, you need to feel a little suffering to know how blessed you are.

Purple bliss says: Be happy! It’s a Friday!