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Joys of… Giving of Yourself

Giving material things in charity is easy. Giving your own self is difficult – but it is most rewarding.  Money and assets are limited, and you have only that much to give.  The receiver also can use them only till they last.  But when you give of yourself, you lose nothing, you gain a lot – and the receiver gets a gift that lasts forever.

In a world headed towards an epidemic of loneliness, there is a dire need of warm, caring and sensitive people who are willing to prove to the world (and to themselves), that they can give without any remuneration.  It is not easy to be emotionally charitable.  We all have our egos, our emotional needs, our own desires to be loved and cared for.  Yet, the beauty of voluntary work is that one gets all this, and we do not lose anything in the bargain.

By giving you play a very significant role in society, not only because you are not charging for your services, but also because your motivation level is generally higher than employees.  You may be a person from a good background and can be instrumental in getting in more resources or volunteers through your contacts.  You may have special skills that can make the cause more effective.  You carry higher credibility when you speak to others about the mission.

Yet, deciding to do volunteering work, fitting yourselves into the right slots, keeping up your motivation, and being consistent is not as easy as it looks.  Developing and maintaining a dedicated volunteer spirit and continuity requires a great deal of effort and expertise, and constant adapting.

You may be looking to give a deeper meaning to your life, and the best way to do it is by giving of yourself.  Life may have treated you wonderfully, or you may have had more than your share of setbacks and challenges.  Either way, supporting and being there for others can make your life much more beautiful.  Find the right outlet for your genuine intentions, fit into the work with single-minded passion of helping without expectation, and the rest of your life will be the best of your life.

Here are a few simple but time-proven tips on keeping up your motivation:

  1. Build rapport with others doing similar work, ask them about their experiences, get to know them personally, inquire about them, share thoughts and doubts.
  2. Ensure you are balancing your professional, personal and community service activities.
  3. Have a periodic get-together with the others, arrange picnics or talks.
  4. Try to get other friends involved, keep talking about the work you are doing, ask for suggestions.
  5. If required, have a mentor who can give you emotional support and guidance, and can keep motivating you.

We need volunteers in 9 different public hospitals located in different parts of Bangalore city, to guide, help and give emotional support to patients and their care-givers.  Regardless of your age and background, if you have 3 hours to spare once in a week getting the joy of selfless service, please get in touch with us.

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you