I have always tried to have a "seize the day", "you only live once" kind of attitude about life. I want to appreciate the time I have. Once you get into the busyness of your daily activities, however, it is very easy to lose track of that way of thinking. This brings me to my tip for today:
MINGLE TIP #31: VOLUNTEER AT A RETIREMENT HOME
This is one that I actually discovered somewhat accidentally. I have always thought old people were cool, and when I am looking for ways to volunteer that is often an area where I look. Here are some thoughts:
(1) Volunteering at retirement homes makes us appreciate our youth. It reminds me that there could come a day when I will be in a place like this--too old to take care of myself and unable to get out and socialize outside of the facility.
(2) Volunteering at retirement homes makes us appreciate our time. When my volunteering hour is up at the retirement home, I have a choice to get out and do something. I can mingle. I can exercise. I can work. I can take a risk. The people in the home no longer have those options. I wonder what they would give for a little bit of time to be able to do those things again. That motivates me.
(3) Don't volunteer with the elderly only to improve your mingling skills. That would be a little weird. But, if you are the type of person who likes to help people and get out and volunteer a little for a good cause, why not choose one that also helps your mingling skills/approach at the same time?
So, since we know that we only have a limited amount of time, we should be motivated to get out and live! Don't find yourself in one of those homes yourself one day, wishing that you had used your time better when you had it. Like the quote at the end of that great movie Shawshank Redemption says--"Get busy living, or get busy dying."
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