There’s a saying that what goes around comes around, and I have first hand experience of benefiting from acts of kindness. I constantly look for ways to help others and so it returns to me when I least expect it.
There is a sense of satisfaction in giving something to others when you do not expect to receive anything in return. Two things happen, the first is if you don’t expect anything it is a lovely surprise when something is given to you in return, secondly there seems to be some wordly credit machine that pays out to you at other times.
So how can you help others this week? Think about that for a moment. Is there something you can do for someone else, freely and willingly, without expecting anything in return?
Sometimes it can be a simple thing, maybe holding a door open for someone who has their arms full, perhaps you can take something to someone who needs it, like a cup of coffee and a sandwich to the Big Issue seller on the corner or the homeless person you see at the bus stop each day. Or maybe there is something bigger you can do.
How about getting involved in volunteering for a charity? Most people think volunteering is time consuming and they won’t be able to do it. But most charities would be so grateful for just a couple of hours a week or even a month.
I volunteer wherever possible. I am in a small group of people and together we raise money for animal rescues. We do anything we can to raise a little at a time then twice a year we allocate the money to our chosen rescues. It’s small scale events that we don’t have to worry about too much rather than putting in big amounts of effort for one grand event.
I also drive the minibus for our local old people’s day care centre, Heritage House. I volunteer once a week and pick up the attendees from their homes and take them to the centre, then return them in the afternoon. They are always short handed and volunteers on the bus often only do one day a month, but 40 people volunteering would cover two on the bus every day each month.
I have recently started a new volunteering position. I go once a week to an animal sanctuary and help with the horses, chickens and sheep. I feed them in the morning and clean up after them. Just one day a week for about 2 hours. It’s great to be out in the fresh air and around horses, which I love. At the moment we are fund raising for some new land for the project. The increased space will enable the project to help more animals and expand their work with children too. The charity is called A Change of Scene For Children and they work hard to introduce children to animals. They work closely with local youth organisations and currently even have a Duke of Edinburgh participant volunteering for them for the community part of their award. If you would like to donate to their grazing appeal fund please click here to go to the fund raising page. They also have an Amazon wishlist running which you can find here. All donations are so very needed at this worthwhile project.
Of course if you feel you have no time to spare for volunteering you can always donate to charity. I make one off donations from time to time but I also donate goods by participating in appeals. I particularly like shoe box appeals that come around Christmas time. I enjoy filling shoe boxes with items for both people and animals. At the moment I have been filling rucksacks for The Rucksack Project for the homeless in Birmingham. I ride out sometimes with a group of trikers and we are thinking of duplicating it up north as a group project.
On a weekly basis I give about 4-5 hours of my time to volunteering. It isn’t much out of my life really and I know how very much it helps. Maybe you could spare a bit of time for a local project, or if not why not donate in some other way.
Enjoy the journey!