Friday, May 18, 2007

Is It Worth It?

Over the past couple of days, I've been busting my tail end trying to get things ready for our new project at the bank. It's called the Heart Walk, and we all walk as a team on Saturday @ 9:30am. We needed to raise money, but for some reason people just weren't as giving as they were for Operation Feed. Then I start to think to myself, is all this hard work really worth it sometimes? I do so much and sometimes get so under appreciated that I want to give up. Then I keep reminding myself that this is going to help others, so no matter what happens, I'm helping someone else.

In my last post, about the top three reasons you should volunteer, I started to analyze all three of those reasons and tried to apply it to my life. Yes, volunteering has shaped me as a person. I have a VERY different out look on life. Yes, helping others does change their lives. Without our help, they might not get the things they need to survive or take care of themselves. It does put things in to a different perspective for them, by letting them know they CAN make it. Yes, progess can begin. After you get the effect of helping someone out, it sort of starts a domino effect on others, making them want to help as well.

All in all, I feel that sometimes my work goes unnoticed and unappreciated, but I do feel that it's worth it in the long run. I know by the end of my work day, I will have helped out one extra person and saving them from the rest of their population of needy people.


Johnny Haiku said...

and now a poem:

"My Volunteer Work Ranges from Reading to 2nd Graders to Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day to Relay for Life to Coaching to Helping Youngsters with Writing and On and On and On: Is it Worth It?"

for me, i don't know
for them--it is to see me
it is their pleasure

jessica myers said...

Dear Johnny,

I want you to know that I enjoy having you write on my blog. It sorta brightens my day sometimes. I think it is wonderful that you do all of that. But you do volunteer whether you want to admit it or not, because you help students like me with our writing when we need help.

I appreciate all the traffic on my site, honestly I do. I look forward to seeing more from you.


JanelleTravels said...

I understand where you are coming from when you talk about all your hard work going unnoticed. I can relate but with my parents, and how I am attending college and working at a great job. I never get a "good job" or we're proud of you. It is always "you need to work harder" or "do more things around the house" it's hard to continue when you are getting no positive feedback. It takes a special person to help others because most Americans are selfish or just think "oh well", but you have to think, well what if you were in their shoes and needed help.... So keep up the good work, I'm sure people appreciate it so much whether they show it or not.

adesulu said...

Wow that nice that you’re still volterring. What ever you do from walking go giving out money is a nice thing. I know that its hard when you think you work is getting unnoticed. I know that at my job that I don’t think people appreciate me taking out trash and selling them winning lottery tickets. Its just messed up that when I give them a little attude after them giving it to me first they want to go and complain about me. Its all good. I see you doing your thing. So keep on doing so.
P.S I ate it all.

Derek John Boczkowski said...


Your prose in nice, your posts succinct. It would be nice to see some more detail about Heart Walk, though. And a link?

4/5 (no link)

Johnny Haiku said...

"Heart Walk"

a beating muscle
with legs growing out of it--
better than sleeping

Johnny Haiku said...

"Heart Walk"

a beating muscle
with legs growing out of it--
better than sleeping

NYPRINCESS88* said...

Wow, I never really thought of things like that. But I guess it is worth it. You are helping people, letting them know there is someone out there who cares. I just filled out an application to volunteer a Mount Carmel East. I want to make a difference in people's lives. I don't want to mope around thinking life is unfair. There are people less fortunate then me, that need to have there spirits brought up. I think that it is great that you volunteer. Keep on doing you.