Thelma and Louise 2015
“Hey Volunteer – you want to help out this year”?
Up at 5:00 am and loaded with nothing but a steamy mug of coffee, an over-sized sweat shirt to keep the morning chill away –please drive yourself the required 13 miles down the curvy river road to your location. Soon other volunteers will be showing up to help you load the 1000’s of bags from the runners onto the waiting trucks that will haul them back to town to the next volunteer crew.
Volunteers wipe the sleep from your eyes and get busy helping to park buses
and utility vehicles, or help at the start of the race. Many of you volunteers will be busy the day before setting up the start and finish lines; handing out packets; running unending errands - only to turn around and be back out into the elements
the next morning. Come rain or shine the day is before us!
Volunteers will line the 13 mile course as marshal’s, trackers, water station aids, and even a Tiako drummer group will be available to help encourage the runners to continue the pace. The view along the route is spectacular, and there is personal satisfaction in knowing that there is a river bank location with your name on it after you're done. Now, get yourself a breakfast burrito and coffee at the Volunteer booth - let's get going!
Crossing that finish line is golden!
The finish line is filled with more volunteers happily greeting runners and quickly assessing run times. Runners are herded to aid stations which will help the tired but exuberant finishers. Need a massage? The volunteers got you covered. How about food to replenish those muscles and nurture hammered bones? Volunteers again.
The brew crew has a bubbly beer in the beer garden to help wash down the sweat and tears and ease those victory woes. Don't Judge!
Don’t forget all those folks who are walking the river roadway cleaning up debris, and those who help to tear down after the race. Those on emergency call and the organizers on the radios, to those carrying flags - they know the value of what they do. It's all for the REWARD. The real reward is self-satisfaction in knowing you’ve done something to contribute to a community event! An event that brings prominence to our little piece of property on this small planet called earth. Or better yet, that speck of red dirt called Moab Utah!
Volunteers from every walk of life show up to help. You have teachers, doctors, lawyers, honor society members, brewery folk, youth garden kids, and construction workers, democrats and republicans, and more. Why? Because they can. Because they care. It isn’t one person, but many. Each deserving and caring enough to “show up”. Have fun!
Just show up! Say YES! ..
Best part... the volunteer party!
Have you ever thought about a thought?
As we grow older being told something isn’t right, or learning we will have to do something differently isn’t generally what we want to hear. Change sucks. I know many of us have gotten so busy that we just tend to do things all by ourselves. Maybe someone else could of made a process easier for us, maybe not. But we won’t know because letting go of a situation or work event isn’t something we are used to doing. Let’s face it, our day planners are full. We go a little zombie like, and then we don’t know how to climb out of that mode.
Learning is a different process for everyone. Some are just faster than a whip with everything they lay their hands on. Others like to take things one bite at a time. You can’t force the unwilling to learn, and nobody wants to listen to the know it all's. People need to be motivated to learn or change. As I’ve aged, motivation I have
discovered is in short supply. Those who once motivated me, now sound like a broken parrot “right”, “you know what I mean”, “right”, “right”. Ugh!
Age changes how you learn. I find that I’m just not interested any longer in those ideas I thought were so cool in my younger days. Those items that used to be on my ole bucket list have already been checked marked off. Sure there are things I want to do – but not the things I wanted to do ten or twenty years ago. My bucket list looks more like a shopping list for a leisurely day at the pool -rather than a vacation to some far away resort. Although I would go to the resort if someone buy me a ticket. Please buy me a ticket. But then I regress.
I sat down with my grandchild to try to discover if I could see into the mind of a 6 year old and come up with an answer to my lack of motivation, and my empty bucket list. What I forgot to notice until after she had gone home with her family was how much she motivated me just to want to stay in one place. I like peace and quiet. I was motivated to get back to that - the stillness of the day. In our search for items to put on our bucket lists, don’t leave off peace and quiet. Those really are motivating factors to help you gain a better perspective on life.
Bucket List Items that might not be on your list, but could be:
I am off to draw stick figures on the side walk. We have to draw a full scale ranch with horses and cows. Could take up to four or five concrete sections.
My bucket list is full
There was a day when men shook hands and agreed a gentlemen’s agreement between two. A man’s word was his honor. Nowadays attorneys draft up legal documents that are crafted to look for deception and deceit. Where has honor gone? Speaking the truth should never be hard to do. Many preach about truth and justice, yet they drag out an attorney when the truth is directed at them.
Along with honor comes respect. Respect for your fellow man or woman. Meeting a call to justice to help someone in need. Believing in others, and relying on a friendly hand. Honor, respect, and dignity, are the strength and the armor that uphold strong men and women.
Integrity - the truth. Integrity is becoming a rare thing. Yet it is something worth fighting to hold on to. No matter how weak your voice may be, you may be the only voice someone else has. Injustice can overwhelm an individual soul quickly – but with many there is triumph as they come together. Speak the truth. Value integrity above all.
Not every argument can be won in a court of law. Sometimes a simple “I’m sorry” is all that is needed. Waging war over trivial pursuits never ends well, if at all.
Sometimes a simple “I’m sorry” is all that is needed.
What is important is that you stand up and your voice be heard. Speak about those passions you hold dear inside. Especially when others would keep your voice from being heard if they could. Don't let fear or intimidation keep you from doing what is right. Your voice might be all it takes to change an empire, regain a friendship, mend a broken heart. But unless you stand up and let your voice be heard – others will steal the soil out from under your feet - the very ground you walk upon.
INTEGRITY, RESPECT, HONOR
Rise up, ever so weak – yet strong because you decided to take a stand. Integrity, respect, and honor – there really isn’t any amount of money that can buy those attributes. As human as these attributes are, they will give you a greater sense of value about life, and grace you with a peaceful mind. Without them – anxiety, crippling envy and stress take the very life from your own hands. What are your gains if you aren't around to enjoy them, or can't feel satisfaction for the things that you tried to build? Fake friends will praise you in the morning, and damn you in the night.
Life is simple. Live with a giving hand, a kind shoulder to lean on, and stand up when integrity demands a voice. Stand up, let your voice be heard.
We have to allow ourselves to be generous, kind, and forgiving. When we really search out those things that give us joy we find a new meaning, a new purpose - a reason to go on.
When happiness catches your eye, linger on the moment without jumping to the next moment. Spend time relaxing and drinking in the calm. Live in the moment.
Live in the moment
We have to practice happiness. I found this video on the surprising science of happiness - something to ponder on.
How long has it been seen you have felt the Adrenalin pumping through your veins as you landed your first big deal, sold that property, or made the biggest financial score of your life time? What risks do you remember taking? Would you take them again? Would you advise others to take the same risks?
I happened upon a group of young adults this past weekend who were enjoying themselves by swinging off the walking bridge that spans the width of the Colorado River, just outside of Moab Utah. With nothing more than a rope and true grit, each young man took their turn toppling off the side of the bridge holding onto a rope about 8 to 10 feet long. The rope they were swinging from wasn't a bungee cord either, so once their bodies weight hit the end of the rope, their shoulders would have to take the full force of the blow. But the thrill - it'll get yea, and that is what these young adults were after.
But the thrill - it'll get yea.
Risk takers, thrill seekers. As their bodies are swinging in mid-air, there is the additional thrill of knowing you have to let go of the rope and drop your body into the wild and muddy Colorado below you. Then you will need to swim out of the river and hope you don't get caught in an underwater eddie. Then there is the potential that the cops will be called and your mom will have to pick you up at the police department. Putting caution to the wind - you take that risk anyways.
..you take that risk anyways.
Some opportunities in life and in business don't come along very often. Even when they do, we forget to take those risks, and instead favor the easy route - or easy chair. Age refines us, and defines us. We no longer want to jump in feet first without seeing the bottom of the pool. If you want to see whats at the bottom of the pool, that is perfectly fine. It just means you've learned a little along life's highway. A good dose of business savvy has set it's mark upon your life.
You may no longer be that dare devil you were in your early years, or that thrill seeker who just couldn't stop to ask "is thing safe?" But It is still very important to make sure that you never allow yourself to be defined by others. There are still some risks out there for you.
The risks you take now days depend on your level of physical and mental preparedness. We know how fun it is to win, but our journey through life teaches us lessons. Lessons that help us define our own character and balance our daily living. I do have to admit, that if I were years younger I would be joining those very same young men for a dive into the river. I'd be crazy not too!
Let the young be young - even in their 50's, 60's, and beyond.
Finding that Life Balance
In the business world and in education, common sense sometimes gets uprooted by causes. Taking up a cause can in reality become a distraction toward your own professional goals if not monitored. Sometimes you have to tell your friends no, and do what is right for the organization and yourself. I am not suggesting that you stop volunteering, but rather you look at your own goals, and find that life balance.
Listed below are some good quotes to lift up those who volunteer:
Listing your goals and identifying causes that match your organization is called strategic planning. You have to think in terms of “how can this cause benefit my organization and give me a personal outlet to express myself"? It is true that your personal time is your own time, but if it involves doing things that disrupts the company image – you might want to switch causes, or at least tame it down a bit.
What you do and say in your private life can directly influence your work life. Some organizations have deep set and personal relationships with non-profits and charities. Others use their resources to sponsor special events and/or educational endeavors. Know your organization, and don’t step on toes – it could be your bosses toes. Use your common sense and align yourself with organizations that have like minded causes.
How would you feel if your boss asked you to go to an event in a PR capacity, and you disliked the event? Would you tell your boss
-"no - I refuse to do it"?
-Asked to be excused and give the event over to a subordinate?
Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do for a paycheck. Know the organization you work for; know them well before you apply. Personally I haven't ran into this type of conflict, but I know others who have. It is heart breaking for them.
You don’t have to become volunteer or citizen of the year to prove you have a caring nature. Those people are professional volunteers, and work probably isn't too high on their agenda. If you are too involved in causes, your work can suffer; you need to know when to say no. You can’t expect others to carry the load for you in the office or in the field either. Again, use common sense and you can balance it.
I would love to be a professional volunteer and get paid for it. That would be the ultimate dream job. But common sense tells me that I have to have a life balance between the many causes and work. I hope you to have the common sense to know what your limitations are.
That would be the ultimate dream job
Volunteering your time and energy is a great way to give back to the community. But if the volunteering is taking too much of your time, you might want to scale it back a little. Most organizers will understand. Don’t stop completely, just don’t burn yourself out. Allow others to help out too. Find your life balance and enjoy those causes, and keep your goals on track.