“Why be a Volunteer? It's not for the money, it's not for the fame and it's not for any personal gain. It's just for love of fellow man. It's just to lend a helping hand. It's just to give a tithe of self. That's something you can't buy with wealth. It's not the medals worn with pride, it's just for that feeling deep inside. It's that reward down in your heart. It's feeling that you've been a part of helping others far and near. That's what makes you a Volunteer,” Unknown.

So many groups, organizations, churches, non-profits, schools, cities, counties, hospitals all rely on the giving hearts of volunteers. There isn't a day that goes by that I'm not grateful to the volunteers that help me with the organizations that are near and dear to me and there's not a day that goes by that I'm not happy to give of my time and work with these amazing people.

I have to say that my new job is so similar to what I do for other organizations that it almost feels wrong to get paid for doing it. Mind you I said, almost, it's good to see some numbers in the bank, but I also feel extremely blessed to be doing something that I really love. Life is too short to be spent being miserable at what you do each day. I would much rather do without financially then to make do with something that doesn't bring me joy. Easier said than done for some of us, I get that, but I wish this wasn't so. I have children and good friends who are still seeking that happy place where they can be doing what gives them joy while earning a living and I truly hope they find that.

In the meantime, I can only encourage them to keep looking, take time to do those things you love and always give of your abundance. “Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” Unknown. In a world where so many expect to receive, be the one who offers to give, be the one to bring a smile to someone’s face, it's worth the time.

This week happened to be one of our Bingo nights with our Seniors. It's such a simple, fun thing to do and there is always plenty of smiling, hugging and fellowship happening that it's something that I look forward to each month. I love seeing the happiness this night brings to not only our seniors but to our volunteers.

Although volunteering is about giving back to the community, it can also be a receiving experience. As a volunteer you have the opportunity to learn new things, meet new people, take on new challenges, it keeps you active physically and mentally, you get a great feeling of satisfaction and you gain a sense of achievement knowing that you are helping others and your community. It feels good, it's fun and it's so easy to do.

Your kindness challenge for the week is: The weather is getting warmer and the warmer weather has organizations planning fundraisers and they could almost always use another helping hand. With that in mind, go ahead, volunteer for a fundraiser in your community.

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something,” Unknown.

The trees are blossoming, the creeks are clear and the birds are singing so if you'd like to book a stay, or pay us a visit, give us a call. If you have a heartwarming story, thought or word of inspiration, or if you would like more information on how you can make a difference in your community by giving to seniors call, 501-253-4716, email grandmayogi7@yahoo.com, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market.