How to Stop Being an ‘”Almost-Volunteer”: 1 Simple Step

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On Saturday Evelina and I had the privilege of helping an organization called Hoskins Park Ministries repair the outside of a house they are renovating for homeless men.  I responded to a friend’s post on Facebook to help.  The post had a lot of responses, but no one saying yes.  So I instantly decided it would be a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

Although I am limited somewhat physically, I was given the task of helping to caulk some cracks on the exterior to prep for paint.  The house was built in 1910 and has seen better days.  Over the years the wood siding has warped and weathered and needed to be sealed.  The sealant will minimize the air flowing through those cracks and was the simplest fix considering the limited budget.

While talking to the volunteer director my mind was inspired with the words of a commercial I had heard the day prior:

Don’t be an almost-volunteer.  Almost volunteering is the exact same as not volunteering at all.

11227606_1669834286618870_7996562946654060831_nAlmost-volunteering is an interesting concept.  So often we are presented with the opportunity to do good, but we have to move or we have ball games or we have to work or we have a garage sale or we have a hair appointment or we have tickets to a show or we have…and I understand that there are times when a conflict in scheduling disallows you from helping.  But do you always have an excuse when it comes to volunteering your time?  Do you always have a reason to not participate when asked to volunteer?

I have thought about the almost-volunteer.  It is a defense mechanism designed to help our mind maintain a positive self-image in the light of non-participation in charity.  It is a way for our mind to count our intent in the same light as actually having participated.  In this way, the mind still maintains a positive self-image because we would have volunteered if we would not have had a conflict.  In my opinion, the problem arises when you always have a conflict, yet justify your lack of action based on your intent.

I am not going to beat this topic to death, just wanted to present the thought.

11891188_1669834153285550_5305561152341351811_nMy challenge is to evaluate your volunteering resume’.  If you are an almost-volunteer you can change that by simply making a phone call to a local charity and signing up to help.

The self-fulfillment you so desperately seek will only be found when you step out of yourself and start to practice a life of charity.

Just a thought for a Monday morning…

Big Dreamer

22 thoughts on “How to Stop Being an ‘”Almost-Volunteer”: 1 Simple Step

  1. What an interesting thought Danny and I guess I am sort of guilty of that when my daughter asks for help babysitting. I begrudgingly say yes and feel sorry for myself. She is my daughter and she only asks when she can’t get anyone else, but he is such a tough child even though most of the time he spends in his room playing video games and not really bothering me. He is 8 and I am there to make sure he stays alive. She is my charity. Neither boy has a suitable father and most of the time will not do their part in taking care of their own boys financially or emotionally.

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  3. Great post and I believe you get back what you give and their is nothing better than helping someone less fortunate or in the case of someone elderly who just cannot do what they used to and also it can be company for them and you can learn from them wether it’s recipe or gardening tip, whatever, it can be beneficial to both of you 🙂

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  7. This is a great point! I just signed up to read to kids through the SAG Foundation, and though it is only once a week I immediately starting having anxiety over the commitment. However, it is not nearly as scary as I made it out to be, and the reward has been so amazing 🙂

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