I’ve always wanted to volunteer somewhere on Thanksgiving or Christmas. Typically, though, I think of it too late and all the slots fill up. That’s a good sign, right? It means other people are doing it too. This year, I finally remembered to check ahead of time and see when I needed to sign up, and good thing I did. When I logged in two hours after registration opened, the slots were already almost full.
I’m proud of myself for finally doing something for others on a holiday after all those years of forgetting and putting in the effort too late. I think it’ll feel really wonderful to spend the day helping others instead of thinking all about myself and my wants and needs. I’m glad that there are other people who share the desire to help and put in their time for good, and I’m excited to meet them.
I’m hoping that this gives me a little push to do more of this more often, though. Yeah, the volunteer slots are full during the holidays, but what about the rest of the year? Of course it’s important to give people a place to go and a good meal on those days that can really get everyone down. It’s easy to become sad over the holidays even when you have a home, a job, and the means to get by. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to those who do not.
It shouldn’t be a one-time thing. It’s a big deal and a very compassionate thing to give up part of your holiday to help others, but imagine what a difference it would make if all of us just gave a little of our time, all of the time.
There is nothing more important and transformative in this world than compassionate and selfless love of others. Unfortunately, we live in a modern day society where often our only focus is on ourselves and those closest to us. I believe that true happiness and joy comes from helping others, and who doesn’t want to be happy? Try doing a little kindness for someone, just something small, once a day. I think you’ll be surprised at the effect it has on your mental state.
Now think about how great it would feel to have that altruistic happiness all of the time. It’d be pretty wonderful, right? I think that’s the best case I can make for deciding to have compassion and give to others not just during the holiday season, but always. Get out of your head and focus on giving and you’ll be surprised where life can take you.