Do you volunteer? Are there any causes you feel passionate enough about to throw yourself into and try to make a difference. If so, bravo for making the world a better place. If not, maybe give volunteering a thought. Yes, it takes time away from the urgencies of everyday life, but maybe a little breather away from all that work would do you good.
Our family recently volunteered for a cause that's most near and dear to my heart: rainforest conservation. We partnered with the Eco Preservation Society of Costa Rica, a non profit that's actively engaged in wildlife conservation and reforestation in Central America.
Our volunteer project gave us a chance to get to know the people who live in the rainforest and gain a better understanding of their priorities and how we can support them in their environmental mission (I'll expand on that later as we're currently exploring possible ways to help through projects at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture).
I don't want to be overly dramatic, but I think most people who have volunteered in projects like this, especially in third world countries, would agree that it's a life-changing experience. You have a chance to give a little bit of yourself to others and to the cause, but actually it's you who receives the greatest benefit.
So, on this 40th anniversary of Earth Day, maybe give volunteering a thought. What's your passion? What's your cause?
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