Sunday, June 25, 2017
This week I was talking to the staff members I work with (I’m the once a week volunteer). We were having a casual conversation before I left for the day. At one point I said that I get to volunteer and leave with the knowledge that I did something useful that day. The people I work with eagerly reinforced my belief – yes, I definitely do something useful there.
Later I thought about the conversation. I know I’ve done many useful things in my life, but for some reason I usually never felt that useful and most of the time it had little meaning to me. But this volunteer job has meaning for me. I believe that the organization provides an important service for our community. This organization has a small staff of very dedicated professionals. They don’t make a lot of money; in fact some work a second part time job to make ends meet. This is work you do because you care about the mission.
I used to think I was seeking the feeling of being needed. Turns out I’m really seeking work that is meaningful to me. Big difference! This organization has been around for many years and it has evolved into something really wonderful for the community. If I stop volunteering these dedicated professionals will continue their important work. So they don’t NEED me, but they certainly appreciate my work. Right now I find that I need this work simply because it is meaningful to me.
It may not be my calling. I don’t know how long I’ll be there, but for right now it is filling a void I’ve had for many years. How lovely that I made this discovery. Today I enjoy knowing that I have something to do that is meaningful and I’m on the lookout for other things that have meaning for me.
Here I go…