I woke up this morning with renewed energy and a sense of well-being. No, it isn’t a TGIF thing. What is it you may ask?
It’s called volunteering.
Last night I volunteered for Yappy Hour. Yappy Hour is a monthly event held for a local animal shelter (no kill) at World of Beers in downtown St. Pete, FL. What fun did we have. The stars of the night were four shepherd mix puppies. Hashtag: adorable. Our audience came from all around, including the volunteers. A Coast Guardsmen from Jax, other in-town visitors, just moved to the area folks, night out on the town folks, you name it. We had fun. And, the night ended with a blessing.
One of the critters was adopted. I decided to make the rounds around the bar outside and let the patrons know about our success. There were three dudes hangin’ out drinkin’ beers. I made a point of letting them know that part of the proceeds from their beer purchases went towards the charity. They obliged by ordering another round. Good for charity and good for World of Beers.
At the end of the Yappy Hour, the dudes were still there and I shimmied on up to them and let them know that the night ended well with an adoption.
Guess what happened next? One of the dudes hooted and howled and the expression on his face was priceless. He was exuberant! These guys were not attending the Yappy Hour, they were innocent bystanders (patrons) of the bar. The overwhelming sense of doing good is contagious, to say the least.
A precious animal gets to go home to a good home and bar patrons are exuberant. Wow!
It doesn’t get much better than that. My night of volunteering was joyous.
Here’s my take on volunteering:
1) Make it a part of your wealth accumulation strategy.
2) It promotes self-confidence and elevates self-esteem.
3) Like saving and investing, Volunteering is healthful.
4) It may give you a chance to practice your “Elevator Speech”. This is key.
5) It counts as a networking event.
6) It contributes to the local economy; and finally,
7) You may just save a life! Yours or someone else’s!
Get busy volunteering. Because it’s about life and how you live it!
In the spirit of financial well-being,