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BooksWith a good leadership team, you can be made to feel as though you have received a promotion as well as being given  a 100% pay rise, when in actual fact you remain a volunteer.

Volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love the thrill of meeting new people, discovering their stories and feel privileged to gift my time, even though I sometimes struggle to juggle my week.

I manage a small library of around 2,000 books within the Church I attend. We also have a corner with books that we sell to help purchase new books for our shelves. It has been a dream of mine for many years, that the area could be a Book Shop/Library /Cafe, a place of nurture for anyone who walked through the doors. Now, after years of dreaming, plans are coming together, walls are coming down and the space is being created.

This concept was conceived eleven years ago and during this time I have carried my vision carefully, guarding and growing the dream . Over the coming few months I think it may be like experiencing ‘Labor Pains’, as all the hard work begins.

It has reminded me that many of us sit on good ideas for a long time before they become a reality. Patience being a difficult virtue for many of us to develop, even though it is a great resource for our personal growth. 

There is a verse in the Bible that says, ‘Without a vision the people perish’. I have found this to be true in all aspects of life. When you turn your back on something or someone, it feels as though a light is turned out and discouragement rules the day.

My mum use to say. ‘Aim for the stars and you may fall short. Aim for the gutter and you will land in it every time.’ 

Whatever is going on in your life at the moment, hold onto your dreams, maintain your vision, work towards your goal.

No one can accomplish that dream like you can. Continue to nurture it because one day it could be your reality.

(c) Sandie’s Snippets 2014

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Western Australia is known for its pink diamonds. They are considered superior to the clear diamonds that most of us recognise in jewellery stores. Finding diamonds is back-breaking work, requiring a lot of time and effort. Where digging out tons of dirt and sorting through the material in the search of these tiny treasures, brings a great reward.

I’ve been digging through some of my older writing this week, and while much of it seems worth very little, other bits have caught my eye and seem to be worth polishing up.

One of my goals this year, was to send off a piece of writing each month for a competition or magazine. It seemed important to build my confidence, to learn how to stand tall in the public arena. Blogging has now seen me write just over 17 posts, which places me potentially, on a very big stage indeed. I have a bit of catching up to do when it comes to sending work off though. To date, there has been a poem and two short stories.

For those of us who enjoys the thrill of putting pen to paper, placing our work in the hands of others is a courageous move, but building confidence, like building anything, takes one challenge at a time.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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