This morning I woke up in the comfort of my bed with the sound of waves crashing on the shore. I was able to take a shower with clean hot water and had electricity to cook myself breakfast before starting my day.
Not every human being is so fortunate…
To be honest before this weekend, I rarely appreciated comforts like this that I’ve taken for granted.
Until I joined 35 others who came together to selflessly build a home for a family in need in Ensenada, Mexico.
This “Baja Bound house build” was for the Diaz/Salvador family who’s Father was unable to work because of major back problems. This family of five relied solely on the wife and older children to work in the fields to provide income for their family. In their current living space, the family sleeps on a dirt floor with holes and cracks in the walls allowing rats and other rodents to spread disease within the home.
Experiences like this are what make you reflect on the comforts you take for granted, which is why I’m sharing with you the following 3 reasons why you should volunteer:
1. Gain A New Perspective
It’s easy to take for granted the luxuries that surround us. No, I don’t mean the high end designer clothing boutiques or the $6 Lattes that you “have to have” each morning.
I mean the simple things in life: clean water, food, shelter, and electricity…the fact that you have access the all of the information in the history of the world on your smart phone.
It’s easy to lose perspective in your busy life…to get upset with the barista who put soy in your latte instead of almond milk. To let the traffic ruin your day. But these problems are insignificant compared to being unable to find clean water or keep your children from starving to death.
“Volunteering exposes you to life outside of your luxuries, strengthening your appreciation for all that you have.” —> CLICK TO TWEET
2. Contribute To Those Less Fortunate
I’m a big believer that you have the ability and moral obligation to create the life that you want. To live at cause rather than effect. To take massive action towards your ideal life vision rather than complain about your circumstances.
After this weekend though, I realized that life isn’t a level playing field. Not everyone was born into the comforts you and I were born into. If you are reading this blog post, than you are wealthier than the majority of the human race.
Yes, you have bills to pay. And I get that you’re incredibly busy. But I want you to consider how fortunate you truly are. And challenge you to contribute your time, sweat, and resources to those less fortunate than you.
3. Develop And Grow As A Person
If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Volunteering expands who you are as a person and the way you view the world. You have more life experience to draw from to impact the world around you.
Self actualization is a noble pursuit. And I’ve experienced from this house build that the highest form of self actualization comes from helping someone less fortunate than you.
My agenda is not to push a particular cause or organization on you. It’s to ask you to consider volunteering for a cause that you’re passionate about. One that has heart and meaning to you.
Because happiness is not a function of the size of your wallet or your title, but rather the richness of your contribution.
Live Your Life Fearlessly,
Peter Scott IV – The Fearless Fitness Coach
Creator, 90-Day Fearless Fitness Challenge