Unexpected Blessings

I struggled with talking about today’s blog because I don’t want to convey the wrong message. Many of us volunteer with different organizations and groups because we feel it’s important to give back. Some folks get paid from those organizations because their skill sets meet a specific need within the organization or company. But what about the people who go beyond expectations and don’t expect payment? They are few and far between. It always amazes me when I do something kind for people, and the first thing people question is, “How much do I owe you?” You should see the look on their faces when I tell them they owe me nothing. It’s priceless.

I’m not saying that people should be taken for granted when good deeds occur. What I am saying is that people aren’t paid to care. They either care about a cause or person, or they don’t. People often do things out of the kindness of their hearts because it matters to them. If a person is doing something that they believe in, they will put every effort they have to make sure their objective is a success.

I’ve not made it a secret that I’m studying for a better career path. I’m laser-focused on meeting my goals and, in the process, using those skills at no additional cost for projects that mean the most to me. When COVID first came on the scene, I made a point of helping the churches I work with start streaming those services so that they stayed relevant in their communities. I didn’t charge them for that service either. To me, it wasn’t about the money. It was about sharing the gifts and knowledge that I had to keep projects going positively.

A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of learning about the selfless giving of others. A few of the folks I knew offered me a rare glimpse into life beyond my daily routine. I enjoyed working with young girls that society claimed to be interested in but did not make life easy for these young women. These girls are entering their first year of college. One of them is studying to be a doctor, and others are not sure where they want to go in life, but they all give back to the people around them. They are acutely aware that time is often as valuable, if not more so, than money. They see other girls who endure the same struggles and are mentoring them to help shape them into better versions of themselves. These girls take the initiative to instill positive changes in the world, and I couldn’t be prouder of the firm, versatile, and independent women they have become.

So today, I want to challenge all of you. Today’s blog is short this morning because I’m looking at how I can help make things better in my community and circle. I know I can’t end homelessness or hunger, but I can contribute to food banks. I may not have the ability to solve the world’s problems, but I can bring a smile to people by having a positive demeanor and attitude. Nor can I change other people’s disposition. What I can do is be the best version of myself, give my time, expertise, and compassion to the things I deem essential, and treat others with the same kindness that I expect in return. Do something that no one expects that will touch someone positively. Don’t expect anything in return except appreciation. You might find that they needed the gesture worse than you imagined. Have a great day, everyone.

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