Dec 10, 2015

Don't Complain if You Don't Volunteer

I am a firm believer that you cannot complain about something if you're not willing to be part of the solution. If you don't vote, don't complain about the political process you've chosen not to participate in. Don't scream from the rooftops that school's need music programs but then refuse to help with the fund raising process. And on and on it goes.


Now I'm not saying you can't gripe about something to your spouse or close friends. But don't go to your boss or child's teacher with a complaint if you're not willing to be part of the solution. You don't need to have the solution, you just have to be willing to help with the solution.

That is the exact predicament that I have faced for the last few months. My husband and I started attending a new church in May and they are wanting to grow their social media presence. Hmmm if only someone who attends church on a weekly basis knew something about that. Or perhaps was paid for her social media work. Now who could that be????

But I kept my mouth shut.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it.

Why?

Quite frankly because I do know how much work it will be and how much time it will take up. But more importantly, I've been burned in this area before. There is nothing worse than offering to help someone and it doesn't go well and then they turn on you.

It hurts and I don't want to experience it again.



But this weekend I finally decided to step out of my comfort zone, quit making excuses, and volunteer to help out. My husband encouraging me was a huge part of me taking this step. I love that he's my biggest cheerleader and that I can count on him to help me out when I need it. He knows nothing about social media, but he's a great listener and fantastic at getting the kids out of the house when I need to work.

I've decided to quit complaining about the missteps and mistakes I see and be part of the solution.

Anyone else feel like they need to step up and help out in an area like me?

2 comments:

  1. Here's to hoping that all goes well this time around. I think it's great that you're volunteering to help out your church. I do understand about being hesitant because of bad experiences in the past. I'm praying that this time around the experience will be different and have a positive outcome for all parties involved.

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    1. Thank you. I feel much better after meeting with the pastors.

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