Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Get Involved

From time to time I will get off cooking topic and mention a few other topics that are near and dear to my heart. Today I want to talk about "Getting Involved."  By "getting Involved," I mean the use of your abilities of time, talent and treasure.

Each of us is different.  Our lives have had their ups and downs.  But none of us would be where we are today without the help of someone or a multitude of someones.  Although we all want to think that we did it all on our own, people out there have helped us in some form of time, talent and treasure.  They may have mentored us, given us knowledge in a particular field or financed us in some way.

Believe it or not, it is your responsibility to do the same in whatever way works for you.  It can be just helping an individual, joining an organization or making a monetary contribution to a cause.

We have just had one of the worst natural disasters in the United States with the tornadoes in the south.  Japan's earthquake and tsunami was one of the major catastrophes of all time.  Many people have and are offering their time but many are not able to do that.  Many are making donations to the proper organizations that help in this kind of relief.

For me, I give monetarily to those kind of organizations and more.  But I also am involved in an organization.  I'm involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  It is an organization that helps mentor young boys and girls that are at risk.  This is a great organization and offers a great opportunity for individuals to help these young people by spending an hour or two with them each week.  The results of this mentoring are terrific.

This is only an example of organizations that are out there waiting.  My suggestion to all of you is to find one that works for you, that gives you a passion to help others succeed.  Some may not seem to have world impact.  However, just like everything in life, it takes that first small step to accomplish anything and who knows where it will go from there?

So find your niche and help make a difference by getting involved in something.  Thanks.

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