I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon for my work a couple weeks ago. It was hosted by the Kelly for Kids Foundation who's Founder and President is the one and only Jim Kelly (past quarterback for the Buffalo Bills). Kelly for Kids is committed to serving disadvantaged and disabled youth in Western New York through distribution of grant money raised throughout the year.
While I've worked with Jim in the past doing promotions for the radio station, being able to hear him speak about his viewpoints on community involvement, volunteering, and non-for-profit work simply inspired me more to want to make a difference in this world.
Since I started volunteering for a handful of non-profits five years ago I have always found volunteering to be very rewarding. To me the gift you receive by helping others in need is priceless. Nothing compares to how you feel after helping someone. Hearing Jim speak and seeing what an influence he is on people in the WNY community has encouraged me to continue my efforts to help make this WNY community a better place.
While I know we (myself included) all lead busy lives, sometimes from time to time the best thing you can do for yourself is to take a step back and figure out what really matters.