Growing up in a small rural town, I longed for the day when I could leave and experience the culture and excitement of a much larger urban area. I got my wish. But, a funny thing happened along the way to middle age. Much to my amazement, my little hometown became a center of culture and a source for exciting things to do! Unlike me, a couple people that I grew up with stayed and made a difference in the community. One fellow turned his love for bike riding into establishing a bicycle museum and creating one of the Midwest’s largest annual cycling events. Another person reopened the long-shuttered town theater and started offering foreign films. When that started attracting “urbanites” from far away, the demand for more entertainment led to the old factory in town being converted into a live theater.
Two people gave of their time, talent and resources and made a huge difference in their community. Their efforts continue to improve the quality of life in that community decades after they first started volunteering their services. While these are rather dramatic examples, the benefits that people realize from sharing their talents in the local community are many, including:
Feeling better – physically, mentally and emotionally
Reduced stress and lower rate of depression
A deeper connection to the community and to others
An added sense of fun and fulfillment
Greater happiness and pleasure from social bonding and emotional connections
Increased job satisfaction
Leadership skill development
Better communication and workplace morale
Be a Community Builder!
M. J. White is the creator of “LEAN Wellness”, which transforms work environments with a radically different bottom-up approach that inspires continuous improvement in health and wellbeing. To learn more, visit the website at: www.wellstreet.us or email M. J. directly at: email@example.com.