Motivation Monday

Life Vest Inside has had the very good fortune of finding writers willing to share their Kindness Stories/Articles with us. One of our special recurring writers is David Jablinowitz, Op-Ed Editor at Jerusalem Post, who is famous for his “bus stories.”


Volunteerism is one of those things which does not cost much and yields many rewards. Volunteerism requires an ‘investment’ of time and Energy which produces profits beyond the investment. Volunteerism is the willingness to be of service which improves quality of life. Volunteerism is performing an act (or acts) of kindness, freely giving of one’s talent, time and energy without being motivated by financial gain. Volunteers may have special training such as rescuers, guides, teachers, etc. or may be unskilled and untrained. Volunteer acts may be a onetime event or may be reoccurring. A volunteer act may serve an individual, a community, an animal, or the environment. The benefits of Volunteerism are enjoyed both personally and professionally.
Personally, a volunteer act is most rewarding. One feels a sense of achievement and satisfaction. There is magic in the feeling of freely adding value. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it well, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no person can sincerely try to help another without helping themselves”.
Volunteerism is a great way to teach values to children while being good for ‘family’ relationships. Doing a volunteer activity as a family is a good, shared experience for the whole family. Some believe that our modern society has lost the appreciation for the ‘value’ of service. Values are best taught by example, not lecture.
A great way to learn a new skill or behavior is through Volunteerism. If you are thinking of a career change, then volunteering is a perfect way to explore new occupations. In addition, many employers would prefer to hire a person who has volunteered over one who has not.
Etienne de Grellet (1773-1855) said, “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”.
~ Loren D. Lasher

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Kindness Quote

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”

James B. Conant

Act of Kindness

Comfort a stranger who is crying. A few words of hope can be exactly what they need to restore their faith and assure them that everything will be okay.

Positive Affirmation

Love and compassion are my superpowers, and I use them to create positive change.

Kindness Media

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