Let's face it. We often take our daily provisions for granted. What if there was no food to feed your family? Can you even imagine how that would feel as a parent? My son has been getting up early to volunteer at a soup kitchen near his university. This is not an easy task for him. In addition to managing his college courses, working for a political candidate, and taking a bus ride 45 minutes to go to work, he has a schedule that just won't quit.
When he told me about his work at the soup kitchen I beamed of pride. Here is a kid who basically grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. He went from being handed a BMW to not having a vehicle at all, he lost all financial security and had to grow up overnight. The days of having anything handed to him are a thing of the past. When I asked him how his experience has been volunteering at the soup kitchen, his response was, "It made me feel good." Bravo. He has learned life's most important lesson.
He has also learned he is resilient and who he wants to be. I told him that sometimes life seems as if it is an uphill battle and it can be exhausting, and then I added that I'd meet him at the top of the hill!
Have you had any experiences with volunteering?