Volunteering gives us a chance to let our passions shine. In 2013 and 2014, I volunteer as Club president for Soroptimist International Victoria Westshore. In this exciting year, we’ve launched a signature project, Anney’s Closet, to help at-risk girls and young single mothers in our community who are aging out of the foster care system. For these girls, who are often alone in the world, a donation of household items can make a huge improvement in their quality of life, boost their confidence, and goes a long way towards setting up their first apartments. Read more about Anney’s Closet.
Ponderings ~ Insights to consider
“Money helps you do what you want to do. And what you want to do is something that will bring your life meaning. It helps to accomplish those things. On the other hand, the struggle wakes you up. That’s what it’s really all about: waking up. The money question: If it serves to wake me up to what I want, what I wish for, what I’m willing to sacrifice for, what I’m not going to compromise for, then I feel alive. I feel meaningful. That brings life.” (more) (Jacob Needleman, philosopher, author Money and the Meaning of Life)
“In his book, Davies (Keith Davies, Avoid Retirement and Stay Alive) hits the nail on the head when he says “typically, people who yearn to retire are not fulfilled by their chosen career.” (As written by Johathan Chevreau, Financial Post )
“According to the study (health professionals who care for patients at the end of life, Canadian Medical Association Journal), many hospice workers come to recognize that wealth and status aren’t everything. In caring for the dying, who have made their choices and cannot reverse them, hospice workers are motivated to reassess their own priorities in life.” (Ottawa Citizen)
Passions ~ People living passionately
Four Victoria lads — Jonnie Penn, Duncan Penn, Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood — created The Buried Life. Their on a mission to complete a list of ‘100 Things To Do Before You Die’ and to help and encourage others to go after their own lists. From their humble beginnings to the MTV series it grew into, these four embrace their version of a fulfilling life.
Youth at Glenlyon Norfolk School picked up on The Buried Life when they fashions their 10th annual Change Conference. “It’s about discovering their passions and figuring out what they like to do,” said Taylor, a Grade 12 Student. (Victoria News)
“Every single day I wake up, I try to do my very best. I gave 100 percent, and absolutely 100 per cent love what I do every day. I’ve been doing this for 40 years. I’m obsessed with what I do, and I just love it.” (David Foster, Postmedia News/Times Colonist)
“I am doing exactly what I am called to do. I love to tell people’s stories and communicate to the community. I get to do both with my job. I get to inspire and make a difference and, with TV, I get to come into your home. If I am excited and you get that, that’s a great feeling! I love living life fully, completely. It’s like taking a bite of some amazing piece of food, and when you share it, it makes it even better.” Karen Elgersma, The Daily (Shaw)
“For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘if today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today.’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” Steve Jobs in Stanford University commencement address (Times Colonist)
“I can get snowed under with the admin tasks that are necessary. Then I put myself back into the classroom. I see the results of what JA does and I come away knowing “That’s why I do what I do. This is the purpose.” And I go back to work with more voltage, more energy, more drive.” (Deborah Wakeham, Regional Manager, Junior Achievement of British Columbia)