I found a new blog today Wind and Honey that has a wonderful post about creativity and giving back to others. Not only is Elizabeth a talented artist but she also has a great way with words.
I've always volunteered from the time I was in my early twenties until about five or so years ago...one project in particular totally burned me out and I decided to take a breather. Although I do support several organizations with monetary gifts when I can, the hands-on volunteering came to a halt. I was getting older and I didn't have as much energy and...well...that was my excuse anyhow. Anyone who volunteers knows in their heart that the pure act of helping someone brings you energy - energy to your spirit which then will energize your body.
Elizabeth got me thinking today. When I retire in about three years, I hope to get back to the hands on volunteerism. I have thought about it now and again. What will I do? Who will I volunteer with? How and who will I be able to help? But I never thought about helping in the best way possible. Taking the best things about myself and passing them on to others. Using my best capabilities to creatively help others. I think it's time to start a positive list - all the things that embody my spirit that I think might be worth teaching or using in some way to help others. Maybe by the time I retire I'll actually have a plan of action? Thanks Elizabeth!