Thursday, January 5, 2017

Volunteering: The Best Way to be Selfish!

Top photo: Facilitating job search skills class, Easter Seals Oregon 
Second photo: Leading senior group on an arts tour, Portland
Third photo: Escorting large group of joy filled elders to the Oregon Zoo

By Richard Kent Matthews

Have you considered volunteering? 


A slew of organizations are waiting for you to sign up, to share your gifts and talents, to become part of the vast network of folks who serve the world every day. 

I cannot think of anything that gives me more pleasure than volunteering. As you can see in the photos, I get to meet all kinds of new and interesting people. It widens the view, broadens the horizons, and gives a sense of satisfaction.

It's absolutely the best way to be selfish. When you give of your time, your efforts, and yes, your dollars if you choose, not only does the organization benefit, but you do as well. We're all selfish, whether we admit it or not. Volunteering is the way to channel that selfishness. 

The organization wins; you win. 

A great way to begin, if you haven't already, is to take a look at VolunteerMatch.com. You'll find so many opportunities to help, it may be a bit overwhelming at first. Don't let that stop you. Keep looking and eventually you'll find a way to serve that utilizes the very best you have to offer.

Welcome to the wonderful world of joy filled service!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Surviving the Gurus, Believing in Life

By Richard Kent Matthews

Survival at all costs. That, my friend, is your Number One Goal. 

Not love, not work, not relationship.

Survival.

One of my favorite books is The Game of God by Arthur Hancock. In it, he says this:

People react with hatred when their beliefs are threatened because their beliefs are the way they cope with the fear of the unknown. Rather than face the terror of their true ignorance, they attack that which threatens their coping mechanisms.

People identify with their beliefs and thus identify with the survival effort of those beliefs as well.

There are some beliefs that will never change. There are also those that, faced with a major challenge or shocking new information, can change instantly.

However, you will continue to operate from a position of belief to the day you die. Why? Because survival is the number one drive of the organism, that is YOU. Belief is part of the drive. Without belief, you are already dead. 

No matter what the gurus may tell you.

Accept it. You're always going to believe something. And that's ok. 

You're still on the planet, right?