We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill
thought I would share this blog with you again ( been a few years) and
it was brought to mind as I was just elected to the Board of Directors
for Capital Repertory Theater (www.capitalrep.org) – and I am truly honored. Giving back is what Vikki (my wife and publisher of Capital region Living Magazine (www.crlmag.com) believe it; it is part of our life and commitment to community.
career, on the job and in life, too often the emphasis is what one
gets. How one is rewarded; how one prospers. It is, to a degree, selfish
and self-centered, but the norm of life, which is so unfortunate. As
Churchill says, what we get supplies our living.
But it is what
we give to others is truly our how we make a life. How one helps another
in need – be it advice, a listening ear, help in some manner defines
who one is as a person. The glow that results –on both one the one you
help -- cannot be counted in numbers, dollars and cents or any other
acceptable method of “counting”. It is that feeling of good, being
helpful, giving back that fuels your existence for some period of time.
a way to give back, to help a person or entity or be part of a positive
change is rewarding and redefines your career, work or life. You won’t
be just living – you will be in life doing more, and you will smile and
those around you will smile too. Look for opportunities to:
• Help someone struggling with a decision achieve clarity in their deliberations
• Support a person going through a difficult time – it is sometimes just a phone call; sometimes just a smile
Reach out to an organization – a not for profit, community service or
other type of team doing good for others and volunteer – truly
volunteer, and in not name only. Take an active role – assume a
leadership position. Drive a program, and event or a campaign.
Mentor a new employee – be their “buddy” as they adjust to a new company
and work environment. Help them acclimate and then achieve; they will
not forget you.
• Return that phone call from someone who is
seeking a new job or opportunity and they seek your advice and perhaps
help. Nothing is more discouraging as a job seeker to be shunned by
those they thought were “friends”. Put yourself in their shoes.
life to a higher level. Be more that you think you could be. Be there
for others, and they will be there for you. You’ll think better about
yourself, and others will too.
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