Sometimes Community Service is More Like Self-Service!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Sometimes Community Service is More Like Self-Service by Richard WeisserYesterday my friend and I played and sang at two different retirement centers, one before lunch and one after.

Someone later asked me why I gave up my Saturdays for community service.

The reason is simple. I get as much or more out of the experience than the audience does.

They clap and sing along and are so appreciative that I really get into the music and push myself to perform at the top of my game. And I always come away feeling great.

Not because I feel like I did someone a favor …

It is because I was able to share in their joy and take some away with me.

 

And that’s an awesome gift to receive!

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Community service is a good way to reach out and connect with people.  It feels good to help others.  Making some contacts in the process also is a good thing.

Nov 24, 2013 09:48 AM #1
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Teral McDowell
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It does have its own kind of satisfaction and joy which is why we do it except I don't sing :)

Nov 24, 2013 09:54 AM #2
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Amen to that.  I was just telling friends the other day something so similar.  When I give... I feel I am the blessed one... every single time.

Nov 24, 2013 10:06 AM #3
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Don Hintz
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Richard,

That's great!  I've sang at nursing homes before, and it's such a wonderful return you get from blessing these dear saints!

Nov 24, 2013 10:15 AM #4
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Our small group at church regularly hosts a Room in the Inn ministry for homeless men. We get so much more out of preparing, serving and then eating a meal with these men. They think they are the ones benefiting, while it's really us.

Nov 24, 2013 10:21 AM #5
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Brad MacKenzie
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So true. Service done with a charitable heart is so valuable for yourself that it shouldn't be called charity!

Nov 24, 2013 01:13 PM #6
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Gabe Sanders
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Richard, I only wish I could have been there for one of your gigs.  I'm sure they are awesome.

Nov 24, 2013 08:28 PM #7
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Richard, I don't get a lot of hands on community service myself (Habitat for Humanity build once a year, giving blood, etc.), mostly Liz is the one with the time to do the community service with Bunny the Chihuahua visiting a senior center and a local hospice.  And most of her Sunday afternoons are at a Petsmart trying to get people to adopt cats.  She gets a lot out of it too.  It's a win-win.

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