Motivations for volunteering vary greatly.. some want to travel, others want to explore and meet local communities, but for some it is an opportunity to move away from something that is not working within their own lives…
Time and time again we see people who are surrounded by wealth and riches of the first world yet have a deep satisfaction and yearning for something more. It is often in the poorest communities that they find what they could not at home. A connection, a sense of purpose….. This does not mean it is easy and often it is emotional and challenging but it is real.
Which is why I wanted to share this article by Lisa Avebury (shared by our very own Theresa Palmer) about how volunteering can help with burn out and can help resuscitate your life.
“This may sound counter intuitive when you are feeling burnt and crispy, but I know that, for me, if I go out and do some “SEVA”—kind of get out of my own way, out of my own head and focused on the needs of something that is bigger than my own little kingdom—it is renewing and refreshing.
This is because the act of doing something just to be there, of service, is nourishing in ways I never expect. Even on the days I think I could be “getting things done” but have to go to my volunteer gig as I am committed, I am always amazed how I feel after some time in the fellowship that only can come out of doing something “selfless”.”
This led to a conversation with a friend on how our “unpaid” work has a way of keeping us sane in the midst of a crazy city. Doing something for the simple motivation of helping has a way of making you feel human again. Especially when we spend so much time in boxes going from one place to the next, talking on boxes, typing on boxes and so on.
You can go for days without having a live connection in the midst of a million people. Yet, I know when I show up for my volunteer gigs it puts me in touch with something real. The work itself is simple. But the simplicity is the gift. The ability to complete a task, not for yourself or to be paid money, and witness the fruits of your labor have an impact.’
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