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Common Sense – Work and the Professional Volunteer

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Common Sense - Work and the Professional Volunteer

I often volunteer for a host of recreational events, but I also volunteer my time with a number of non-profit / charitable organizations. It’s a lot of time management on my part, but I think it helps me maintain a balance in my life. I can’t be all work and no play. Yet I can’t be all causes and no work either. Finding that life balance and using common sense to keep things positive I feel is a gift.

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:

  • {Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer. Allen Klein}
  • {"Be the change you want to see in the world"...and, if you can't be that change, then either get out of the way of the person who wants to be that change or support the individual with your financial resources.--Mahatma Gandhi}
  • {Anything can be accomplished as long as you don't care who gets the credit--Unknown}
  • {When people forget themselves, they usually do things others remember.--James Coco}
  • {When giving comes directly from the heart, it can never disappoint or embarrass.--Bel Kaufman }

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.

 


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Winds of Change

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Winds of Change

 Time changes everything, and we need to be able to re-evaluate our own lives and the direction we are headed in. It doesn’t matter if the direction is one we have selected for ourselves, or one where life itself has lead us there unaware. Sometimes those things that we thought mattered most, are not important any longer. Rather, things that we overlooked or have forgotten from the past come closer to our new reality.Change is an emotional experience that reminds us that nothing is permanent. It teaches us to prioritize those things that are really important.

Change can mean loss, but it can also mean gaining as well. Changes can impact our lives right out of the blue without any time to accept what is happening to us; nor plan for what will come next. Sometimes you are just thrown into the mire and expected to sink or swim. There is a time of uncertainty where you do not know what is going to happen.

Dealing with change isn’t always easy. 5 Winds of ChangeYou could try to forget about the change and get used to new items or circumstances. You can choose to Ignore the changes happen in your life. But in the end some level of acceptance has to take place.

There are a number of factors that increase ones struggle to change. We have to learn that change happens for a reason. We have to learn to teach ourselves the truth. Not all change will have closure, but we have to learn to build those emotional bridges over that portion of our life so we can move past a particular moment in time.

A number of quotes that emphasize overcoming change are as follows:

  • -Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future ~unknown
  • -The key to change... is to let go of fear ~unknown
  • -Change is the essence of life ~Reinhold Niebuhr
  • -Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become~ Reinhold Niebuhr
  • -Ecclesiastes 3: 1-22 ~The Bible

Benefits of Change

Unknown opportunities and new experiences are a benefit that can come from change. While change is inevitable in everything we do, change keeps life interesting, and ensure that bad situations won’t last forever. Change gives us the opportunity to move on with our lives.

We have to look at the positives of change and draw from that energy. We have to give change a chance to move us, teach us, and mold us into something new – something better.AAEAAQAAAAAAAALWAAAAJGU2MWM2ODEzLWYyZDAtNDYzMy1hY2EzLTE3NjhkZjQ3MGVmNg Winds of Change

Here are a few quotes that help to inspire the idea that change can be good if we allow it to happen naturally. Often we find that change allows us to regain ourselves, and start enjoying people places and things again. The winds of change can be very good.

Here are a few life lesson quotes about change.

  • “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu
  • “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
  • “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

When the winds of change blow in your direction, I hope you will learn from them; and embrace them. Learn to change in a positive way that magnifies your life and allows you to appreciate the differences in circumstances. Change can be good if you let.

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Here are a few quotes that help to inspire the idea that change can be good if we allow it to happen naturally. Often we find that change allows us to regain ourselves, and start enjoying people places and things again. The winds of change can be very good.

Here are a few life lesson quotes about change.

  • “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu
  • “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
  • “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

When the winds of change blow in your direction, I hope you will learn from them; and embrace them. Learn to change in a positive way that magnifies your life and allows you to appreciate the differences in circumstances. Change can be good if you let.


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Getting back in the game after an Injury

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Living The Dream! Hand Me The Remote Please

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Living The Dream! Hand Me The Remote Please


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Public Health Eating Disaster

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Are You A Public Health Eating Disaster


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Work after the kids leave home

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Politics of Food -Vote with your Fork

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Politics of Food -Vote with your Fork


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What if we could come to work as our favorite characters?

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What if we could come to work as our favorite characters?


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What battles should we fight

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What battles should we fight, and can we bring duck-tape?


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Creative and Inspirational People

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Creative and Inspirational People