The best things in life

for which many of us will be remembered could be our devotion to volunteerism. Without volunteers in every aspect of life, American society would suffer
By John Pierre | Mar 21, 2013

Unless you are one of the elites, such as a molly-coddled, often worthless movie star or one of the disgusting and all too frequently disreputable modern day politicians, there are only a few things we can do to leave our mark of having passed through this life honorably and responsibly.

The most important lifelong parental achievement, in my opinion, is to raise good and responsible children. Aside from the fact that we'll always love them... if we have been good roll models, we'll be proud of our young'uns and their approach to circumstances with which they have had to deal and may continue to be thrust upon them.

Another effort for which many of us will be remembered could be our devotion to volunteerism. Without volunteers in every aspect of life, American society would suffer, as do some unfortunate citizens of less charitable countries on this planet.

Those who need help would't get it. Even though some who are doing well, because they may fall within some poorly thought out government entitlement program regulations, will take advantage of the willingness to help offered by others.

The shame of that is some, such as returning veterans, are being shamefully short changed by the entitlement leeches..

A more pleasant thought comes to mind involving caregivers. Some are just willing and available family members, neighbors or friends while others are paid to provide necessary assistance.

I hasten to add that, with very few exceptions, the ones being paid are making so little for their efforts that they are still volunteers in my book.

One situtation of which I have knowledge is of a woman who spends every weekday and many holidays cooking, cleaning, transporting and generally looking out for a man who is physically unable to care for himself.

Knowing of her hours and devotion to her assignment, I can tell you she isn't in it for the money.

Most Americans are generous by their very nature (without the threat of penalties imposed an ever more socialist government) noticeable by accounts for the usual successes of charity groups such as churches, lodges, food banks and such.

I think it behooves each of us to give some thought to how much of our time we are willing to spare to make life more liveable for others less fortunate.

From personal experience I can assure you that you will feel better about the hours devoted to your chosen volunteer endeavor than many other more lucrative activities.

 

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