April 18, 2014 | Calling all Artists!
Volunteering can be like a double edged sword. On one hand, we all know that volunteering has a variety of surprising benefits, such as helping you connect with others, increasing self-confidence, combating depression, teaching valuable job skills, and a dozen more. But on the other hand, we live in a too busy world. Everyone I know is too busy, and I recently realized that maybe as a society we are driven towards being driven, meaning, if we are not doing something, we feel like we are wasting our time. I know I certainly feel that way. So when we consider volunteering our time or energy, we fall into the mindset of I cannot do [task], because my life is already so busy.
But then there is another side to consider. Sometimes we feel powerless to do anything. Some of us have obvious skills that are in great demand. I do not know what I would do if it werent for the graphic design genius of Lorah, or the tax know-how of Stephen, or the web developing smarts of Dave. But some of us have less obvious areas of expertise that we can use to help others. And of course, there is that weird little voice in the back of our heads that somehow convinces us that our age has something to do with how much impact we can have on the world. [...]
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