In high school, I did and learned a lot. But the most important thing I learned didn’t come from the classroom.
Olentangy Service Club was an organization that partnered with the local community to create & provide service opportunities to the hundreds of kids at my high school.
It was here, while participating as a volunteer and later on as vice president, that I learned the motto “Always leave things better than you found them.”
Online, this quote can be attributed to many different people but I’ll always remember the person who taught it to me; Mrs. Doellman.
Mrs. Doellman was a mentor and advocate during my high school years. One of many, throughout my life, that have imparted their wisdom upon me.
She first taught me that to be in service of others was to be doing good in the world.
You don’t need to be a millionaire or billionaire to start making an impact in the world. Start with the community around you. All you need is a willingness to give a little bit of your time to “leaving things better than you found them”.
Since committing to this idiom, I have found that the best way to get over my personal struggles and stress is to go volunteer and be in service of others.
When you do this, life opens up and becomes much bigger. You see that you’ve been so narrowly focused on your problems it has constricted your view of the bigger picture. And you realize that in the grand scheme of life, that problem you were so worried about before isn’t worth the stress.
So know that when you volunteer and give back it is as much a benefit to you, as to those in need whom you help.