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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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I thought I had the perfect post for today until I read and responded to someone’s Blog Post, and then answered an email from a friend.

A question was posted on-line asking about what should be done when a volunteer programme you are working on, doesn’t measure up to its expectations. When instead of being appreciated in your area of expertise, you are challenged, even criticised in your role.

Having done the roller coaster ride of voluntary work, I have experienced many of the emotional highs and lows of this experience. However this week I actually said ‘NO’, to a position that had the potential to promote me into the spotlight. I was even more surprised to hear words coming out of my mouth that expressed some of my deepest feelings.

When explaining why, I was able to say with honesty, that I have hidden within organisations, promoted their platform and glowed with their accolades, for most of my adult life. Now I feel it is time for me to be the master of my own journey, to use my deeply ingrained talents to discover my own form of creativity.

I am coming to the conclusion that for me, taking on these volunteer roles validated my personal needs, as well as fine tuned some of my skills and abilities. However on some occasions they have hindered the potential that is within me. Allowing me (very cleverly), to hide behind a position, rather than face the possibility of giving it a go and then experience the lessons and grief of personal failure.

This is what my ‘Purple Project’ has been all about I think. Not weight, diet, exercise etc, but allowing myself to become the real me. To come out of other peoples shadows, to take a risk and see what happens.

Writing in the public domain is not for the faint hearted and you need a very big umbrella, to stop drowning under the rain of critical comments. But most of the damage seems to come from within, from our very own doubts and fears.

My friends email came with a footnote from Albert Einstein. ‘Today’s problems cannot be solved if we still think the way we did when we created them.’

Well worth remembering, I think.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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