Posts Tagged volunteer

Fifty-Two Keys for Living, Loving and Working

Stay involved

Involve yourself in causes that you believe in. Join a team, a church, a gym, a community action group. Volunteer. You are needed. There are more opportunities to be helpful than you can ever imagine. Our nation runs on volunteers. Ask your friends what they do. Every community, organization or church needs helping hands, active brains and warm hearts. Tutor a child. Read to children in the hospital or to those who have lost their sight. Drive a neighbor to a doctor’s appointment or the market. Visit those who have no close friends or family.

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Fifty – Two Keys for Living, Loving and Working

Cultivate and Nourish Relationships

Strong and varied relationships are essential for continued well being. Meet new people. Nurture the relationships that you already have. Renew old friendships. Long term friendships are the secret to well being especially as we mature. In order to make a friend you first have to be a friend. Put yourself in a position to meet new friends. Join a church, a social club, a dinner group, a book club, a bridge club or a dance club. You will not meet new friends in your den watching television. Volunteer with the United Way or some other worthy organization. Mingle. Research shows that people who have enduring relationships not only live longer but live happier lives.

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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now Plus Two – 120 – 121 – 122

120. Visualize outcomes.

It clarifies your objectives.

Seeing is believing.

Others will buy into your vision.  

121. Visualize success.

It will be a magnet.

It makes the journey easier.

It makes the dream real.  

122. Volunteer.

Others need your help.

You need to be useful.

You will understand humanity better.

You’ll improve lives.

You will be a contributor.


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Thankful Thursday – Mary Ann and Pete Martin

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Mary Ann and Pete Martin bring to my life. Mary Ann grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Columbia College. She moved to Colorado and then California to teach. Pete grew up in Detroit and migrated to San Diego where he and Mary Ann met. Pete served in the Navy. He and Mary Ann moved to Charleston in the late 60s. Pete managed the Adios Warehouse. We met when Mary Ann and my late wife, Liz, worked part-time with Bill Daniels at Tidelands Realty. Pete later worked with the carillon bell company on Johns Island.  Pete is a master cabinet maker and has built several pieces of furniture for me. His workmanship is amazing. Mary Ann is a teacher, but has volunteered for several years now in the office at Blessed Sacrament School. They are active members at St. Joseph Catholic Church where Pete has contributed much of the cabinetry. Pete went with me to see Bishop Guglielmone when I was seeking the Bishop’s support for Say Something Nice Sunday.  Mary Ann and Pete were rocks of support when Liz died. I will be forever grateful to them. They are remarkable thoughtful and generous friends. They are two of the original members of the Wednesday Night Dinner Group. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Mary Ann and Pete Martin bring to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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