At Your Service

by on May 25, 2010

“The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in doing so will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are more motivated by loving concern than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.”

— Eugene B. Habecker
in The Other Side of Leadership

I have always been a big volunteer, whether I was participating in a Bowl-a-Thon, a Walk-a-thon or a bake sale for our church. It’s just always been a part of who I am.

I think it stems from an attitude of service. Early on, maybe it was from my parents or grandparents or perhaps what I got from the Pastor of my Church but I realized that I might be more fortunate than others and needed to balance the scales, if you will.

There is one aspect of it that might not be so good, though. I have a competitive streak and I was always trying to get the most sponsors for the walk-a-thon or knock down the most pins or some such silly thing. Honestly, this might have caused a bit more stress than was absolutely necessary. When I was selling girl scout cookies I wanted to sell the most cookies. It’s all good but there is always a lot of work to do to fulfill all those orders and sometimes it’s nice to just relax. In the end, though, it was very rewarding.

There are many ways to be of service though. One of my dear friends spoke recently of helping at a soup kitchen for older people in her neighborhood. She was super impressed with the quality of the food and the people who were there. She did it because she could not pay a parking ticket but wound up deciding to continue after she was officially done with her community service.

Lately, I have been doing food drives for the Second Harvest Food Bank. I go around to the neighbors and ask for canned good, I think take them to the food bank. One year I did it around the holidays and had over 30 bags of food on the top of the table. That was very fun. (NO fulfillment afterwords, phew!)

Holiday Food Drive

I’ve also helped clean up the highway or clean up a neighborhood in East San Jose. But whatever the case might be, the reward of doing something for someone else far outweighed the pain or sore muscles or the extra gas miles I put on my car. There is nothing quite as fulfilling as someone saying thank you from the bottom of their heart for the time you have spent with or for them in their hour of need.

Wishing you much happiness and many heart felt rewards in the future!

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