I have been unemployed since July and in that time stared to feel down about ever finding a job. I also questioned whether I would feel passionate again. It excites me that I am more passionate now than I have been in a long time. I have become passionate about the impact different non-profits are having on the city of Memphis. My heart is overwhelmed as I sit and reflect on the different people I have met through the Volunteer Odyssey experience. I was there to serve them, but they helped me in ways I never imagined were possible. Through this experience I realized just how much I was living in my own little world, as if I was the only one who mattered. Because of my time volunteering, my world has grown to include the people in need.
My church pastor always reminds those of us in his congregation that, “You are blessed to be a blessing.” I am thankful for this frequent reminder. Anything I have has been given to me so that I can invest in others. Due to being unemployed, I do not have a lot of financial resources to give, but I can give of myself. I certainly have a lot of free time to volunteer at different organizations, and I plan on volunteering more often. Since the end of my Odyssey week, I have revisited two of the locations I volunteered. In volunteering I am doing what I feel I am supposed to be doing. I am not volunteering to benefit myself or to look good to others. I am doing it because I love the city of Memphis and the people who live here. I want to be the change I want to see in this city. Instead of just sitting back and hoping things will change, I decided to take a hands on approach and work toward the change I want to see. Thank you Volunteer Odyssey for making this experience possible. It is one I will not soon forget.
Please stay tuned for Epilogue Part 2: Challenge to Volunteer.
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