Seth Talks About Two Types of Volunteering
Written on September 21, 2009 by Seth
I go to her house and we talk about life and she tells me stories from “the old days” — which are extremely entertaining. She knows she’s a pistol, and has impeccable timing when she delivers a joke or tells a funny story.
There are two types of volunteering: the kind that helps make the world a better place … and the kind in which you tell the gate agent you’ll accept a travel voucher in exchange for giving up a seat on an overbooked flight.
While both leave you feeling incredibly good — especially when your travel plans are flexible and you were smart enough not to check any luggage — the former (helping the world) has a lasting effect on your mind, body, and spirit.
I found a new kind of volunteering lately, one that’s my speed and incorporates one of my favorite things in the world: laughter. Like the old saying — “If you like your job, you never work a day in your life” — the best kind of volunteering doesn’t feel like work and is something I have enjoyed doing: spending time with a senior citizen on weekend afternoons.
I go to her house and we talk about life and she tells me stories from “the old days” — which are extremely entertaining. She knows she’s a pistol, and has impeccable timing when she delivers a joke or tells a funny story. It’s what I love about spending time with her — I always leave happier than when I got there. And I know she does, too.
Everyone should volunteer. The world would be a better place if people gave back with their time or their skills. While past volunteering has taken me to the side of the FDR Drive in midtown Manhattan to clean up garbage (prisoner style!) or in to children’s wings of hospitals to juggle — hanging out with Ruth and making one another laugh is just as much a good deed. A good deed at my own speed.