It’s been an interesting week, and never before in my life can I remember seeing so much divisiveness and downright abhorrent behavior from people. Although being on social media is a large part of my job, I had to back for a few days because I just couldn’t stand to be there. I’m sure many of you could relate.
When I returned to Facebook, I kept thinking: “What if we just turned all of these words into actions?” There are so many worthwhile causes that need not just money, but good old fashioned physical help. What if we all just stopped talking and so much and got out and supported the causes in which we so strongly believe?
For me, volunteering has always been like medicine for my soul. When you’re feeling down, sometimes the easiest way to feel better is to help someone else. Helping others is cathartic in so many ways, and in my opinion, a sure-fire way to start feeling better. Rather than lamenting about change, you become part of it.
Since we had no school last Tuesday, yesterday was my first day back volunteering in my middle son’s classroom. Every time I step foot in my children’s school (the same elementary school I went to!), I can’t help but feel better, looking around at all of the bright-eyed, smiling faces. They radiate enthusiasm and excitement about all things, including learning. They are our future in so many ways, and for that, I am so thankful.
They are kind, caring, respectful and an absolute joy to work with. I always feel energized when I leave, and I wonder if they know how much more they help me than I help them! So the moral of this post, is if you’re feeling sad, frustrated, depressed or any other negative emotion, find something that you feel strongly about support and go out and lend a hand. I will guarantee you that you will feel infinitely better for doing so!