By Catherine Lang-Cline
We go through our lives doing the same thing every day. We wake up, we eat, we go to work, we hang out with family and friends, we go to bed, and restart the next day the same way. A normal life can be a lovely thing. Sometimes we want something more. Sometimes we wish we could make some sort of difference outside of the walls of our home, our work, wherever our life is taking place.
Let’s say that the best thing about your job is that it can pay your bills. You are not the only one that feels that way. What if you could escape that job and the daily march of your day and do something that touches your soul and warms your heart, maybe something that changes a life or changes the world around you. One of the best ways to achieve that "difference" is to volunteer or join groups that match your passion or a group that can appreciate and use your talents. Spread the love!
Let’s start simple. Maybe your head sings when you read? Head to the library or bookstore and browse. Don’t leave without picking up something. Maybe to are ready to join a book club that will hold you accountable? Do you love knitting or racing or back in the day you used to camp more? Find ways to find that love again. Sure, it can sometimes feel ridiculous or someone may try and talk you out of it, but this what YOU need to show YOU that you love YOU. Who cares if you are the only 40-year-old on the dance floor? You love to dance!
Let’s take it even further. Let’s say that you want to make a difference in politics, in helping the disadvantaged, maybe there is a disease that has affected you or a family member. There are many, many groups out there that you can join or volunteer to help in their mission. I love small business, mentoring women, and the arts just to name a few. As a result, I have joined boards, given donations, offered my talents, and ran a few races in support of these groups. Sharing that love with these groups has in return, filled my soul. A full soul is telling yourself that you are loved. The bonus is that you love and passion are now helping others feel loved.
There are many ways to spread the love, you might have a talent for accounting or design or organizing things. Not everyone does, so you would be a godsend to many groups. Ask what they need, ask how you can help. You might simply find yourself in a soup kitchen lending a hand. You will never understand how your hand is making a difference in someone else’s life.
People that read might feel lonely if they can’t talk about the book.
People that run or race would love to have someone keep them accountable.
People in need can use so much of everything.
Find your people and spread the love.