Give a little, get LOT

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By Karen Perry

Are you consistently saying YES to your YES?

December, more so than others, tends to be a month in which we are invited to serve, help, participate and volunteer. It can become overwhelming and we can feel pulled, pushed and just plain stressed out. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You have the power of choice and free will. By being conscious of your decision, you’ll know your yes.

Blessedness comes when we consistently say “yes to our yes” and are gracious, kind, confident and firm when saying” no.” When we give a little (showing up for our yes), we get a lot.

Let’s examine the definition of Volunteer (vol·un·teer):

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The key word that I notice in the definition is freely (that’s your yes).

When you volunteer and commit to things that are a strong yes, you probably find that you have plenty of time to get done the things you’ve said yes to. Why? Because you are energized and excited to show up. This just feels good … blessed.

If you answer yes to things that were really a no, then you may find yourself feeling tired and even dreading to show up. This just feels bad … stressed.

If feeling stressed, try one or more of the following to transform stressed to blessed:

  • Change your thoughts. Instead of “I dread this,” “I don’t want to,” etc. Think: “I get to be with x,” “I’m glad I’m having this experience,” “Even though this may not be my favorite way to volunteer, I’m glad I did because now I know.”
  • Resign. Just because you said yes doesn’t mean that you cannot later change your mind and give someone else the opportunity to serve.
  • Decide to have FUN.
  • Look for the good regardless … I bet you’ll find lots.
  • Practice gratitude – in all situations and circumstances.

Volunteering feels good.
So, let’s look at a few ways you can or may already be freely saying yes:

  • Holding the door open for someone.
  • Smiling at everyone you meet (and collecting all the smiles that radiate back).
  • Serving on a board of directors.
  • Reading to children at (pre)schools, libraries, places of worship, hospitals, etc.
  • Helping a co-worker with their workload or to meet a deadline.
  • Bringing in your neighbor’s newspaper or mail.
  • Lending a helping hand.

Calling someone just to say hello, to cheer them up, or to say “I’m here.”

Volunteering is an awesome way to make a big impact – one person at a time. And, most often that person is you. I invite you to seek out ways to freely give of your time, talents, prayers, money, love, presence and in ways that truly honor your yes.

The reward is so worthwhile: Give a little; Get a lot.

Karen Perry is a local life coach and joyful story sharer. For information, visit www. lifecoachingwithkp.com.

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