Today was a wonderful day! Almost thirty of us went to the local food pantry to sort canned and dried foods collected by the US Postal Service food drive on Saturday. Together, we unloaded bins and bags of food and sorted them into different boxes for further distribution to those in need. It was wonderful to see the small mountain of food, the camaraderie among us, and knowing that we did a good deed (with double Brownie points since it was in a church). Everyone was smiling and cheering each other on while doing some serious lifting and running around - we sorted 16,750 lbs or ~8.3 tons of food in a record 2 hours 15 minutes!. It was fun organizing the event at work - the sign-up was full within days.
There’s something about volunteering and charity that gives more meaning and fulfillment to life. You get to meet others and see a better side of people and society. On the personal side, I work with charities and volunteer organizations, be it serving on advisory councils to tap into my marketing, writing, or management background or just when they need some heavy lifting. I am also a proud member of the Instron C3 group (which stands for “Community Connection Committee”) with the mission statement of “Making a measurable difference in our community by extending awareness about local needs and providing opportunities for Instron employees to help and serve”. We do the monetary campaigns, e.g. the One Fund Boston for those affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, as well as “Days of Caring” where people can donate time and skills. We also work very closely with The United Way - we received the Cornerstone Award for our overall contribution to the United Way of Tri-County in 2013. It's wonderful to learn how many caring people I work with (many unassumingly).
Change this paradigm, change the world.
Many of us are brought up to be self-centered, always asking “What’s in it for me?” and “Looking out for #1”. If we change this paradigm, we change the world. Practice random acts of kindness. Pay it forward. Never look down at anyone unless you are helping them up. Do something good without expecting anything back – and you will definitely receive more than you give.
Remember that kindness and compassion do not have to be organized activities. Nor do you have to have a lot of (or any) money. It can be just a "little thing". See the video below to understand.
Frank Lio is a Product Manager, Strategist, and Change Agent in the Hi-Tech industry. His growing track record of successes include creating 3 winning software products, leading nationwide seminars, and turning around a failing business unit. He is currently serving a dual role as Product Manager and Business Team Support Manager at Instron ITW.
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