Monday, October 08, 2012
As what usually happens when I log on to blog about this book, I end up reading other people's blogs on the subject and then get distracted to the point where I forget what the chapter was about and what my thoughts were!
In reading some other blogs about being a role model and a positive influence in both my life and other people's lives -- it reminded me how much I used to enjoy volunteering. At one time in my life, I was heavily involved with all sorts of volunteer organizations. And while it may not be practice (from a career point of view) to spend that much time volunteering -- I do miss it and would like to get back to it. Something about being a positive influence in other people's lives -- big or small as that might be, really can make a HUGE impact on someone.
I used to work in a hospital, and for awhile I was into the whole idea of "practicing random acts of kindness". Once while I was waiting in line at the cafeteria, an older couple in front of me was having a hard time finding their wallet to pay for the coffees they had ordered -- they looked a little befuddled and honestly I was in a bit of a hurry. I was buying lunch and just stepped up and told the cashier that I wanted to buy their coffees and to please just add it onto my tab. Well as it turned out, their daughter was in the hospital with recurrent ovarian cancer -- it didn't sound good and they had just come down to get some coffees while the daughter was being wheeled off for some more testing. Having just heard the difficult news only 10 minutes earlier, they were understandably distraught.
Just goes to show you, you never know what's going on in someone else's life unless you get involved. For an extra $1.50, I felt like I learned an important life lesson that day. It is pretty easy to get wound up in your own problems and the minutia of everyday -- but every now and then it is important to step back and think about all the things in your life you should be grateful for.
I still try to practice random acts of kindness when the opportunities present themselves. If you are going to do something or be someone in this world -- try to do good and be a good person. That's my philosophy at least.