The following should be taken as a completely personal post, not one of those goody two shoes moments which is supposed to bully someone into something. It’s a this is what I am thinking about and this is the direction I want to be heading in sort of post. Just thought I would make it clear.
I am of the notion that people are inherently good. Under normal circumstance I believe we all want to do what’s right, but sometimes what falls in our general scope of what’s right can differ from others. I would like to think that most of us try to not hurt people and not cheat people. I understand that there are times when people get hurt and it was unintentional, but I think those are extenuating circumstances. And I think that is how most of us try to live our lives doing what we need to get by and trying not to hurt people.
However, what I notice is that “being good” is about what you don’t do, you don’t harm people and you don’t cheat them (and yes I know it’s a generalized way of looking at it, but the variety which entails a virtuous nature is way too vast for this post). In my way of thinking, and this is just my personal viewpoint, I try to take a more “proactive” approach. Now, when I was a teenager I don’t think I would have understood this properly, but having lived my life and had experiences I realize the importance of my actions. I think about what effect my actions have on others and then try to pick the one that does the least harm.
When I was in college I worked for a few nonprofit organizations and found those jobs to be some of the most rewarding. After college I worked in law enforcement, this work showed a whole other side of life to me. It brought a new understanding of people who made different choices a little better. After I left law enforcement I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I began to volunteer. I have volunteered at a few different places for causes that I believe in. What I took away is how much value my work was to the people who were benefited from it, this personal growth was my payment. I realized what I do to/for another I do/for to myself.
Now that I am asking myself questions about who I want to be and what I want to do next, I turn to volunteering for answers. When I ask myself the question of my identity I hear the following quote from Gandhi:
Be the change you want to see in the world….
I expand his thought with:
- Be the good you want to see in the world
- Be a force for good
So I’ve been researching some new nonprofit projects to work on. I’ve gone back to a couple of organizations which I have used before.
I am still looking. I am looking for virtual volunteer projects. I was looking into the Peace Corps, but I am unsure if a two-year commitment is right for me at this time.
This old song has been playing in my head right lately. This is the really long version.