This weekend was busy but very rewarding for myself and Shield and Homewood’s Relay for Life committee and participants. I had the opportunity to get to know lots of great people at the event and even learned a few things on the way. It was truly a great time had by all.
In the past we’ve donated to charities, but this year Mark had a great idea about volunteering as committee members to this year’s RFL event which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Mark and I, like most, have known several individuals that have been affected by cancer and felt this would be a rewarding cause to participate in. There was some work attending meetings and assisting with the setup and cleanup of the event, however, I learned a lot and realized that:
Being grateful should be on all of our conscious minds. Health and wellness is something we take for granted in our youth. Our bodies are amazing machines and should be thanked with good food and exercise. And we should be grateful for strangers, family and friends who play all sorts of roles in our lives because every day is a gift and we’re not promised tomorrow.
We learned that volunteering is rewarding. Many of us tithe in our church or donate to charites. When you donate time, you have a connection and bond with the participants and organization. Like breaking bread with friends, giving of time is more meaningful than just giving money.
Teamwork and leadership are important to all organizations. And common purpose and focus are more important than perceived abilities, age, resume and stature. The committee was focused on providing a great event for current survivors and raising money for the foundation, and it was truly a team effort. Everyone worked really hard, and I just hope that my small contribution this year somehow added to the great work that was already being performed.
Life is a lot about lessons and this event taught me the importance of gratitude, generosity and common purpose – pillars that will help us all succeed in business and in life.