Food for the Community’s Soul
No doubt about it, a healthy lifestyle begins with personal choices. What you put in your body, how you choose to work (or relax..) your body. And certainly how you choose to restore your soul. All of these choices can contribute to good health and good living. But it doesn’t hurt to remember that no person is an island, and no community is perfect. We all have a responsibility to help improve our neighborhoods and communities around us.
Find something you love… and others to do it with
For me, it’s sports and kids. I’ve been able for the past couple years to help organize some neighborhood sports and activities through my church. It’s not only really active, but you get to provide opportunities for kids to get exercise (and love!) that they wouldn’t have otherwise. It’s the multiplier effect in action.
Find somewhere to plug in… and make time for it
YMCA, church, Little League, scouts, softball, Police Activity League… the possibilities are endless. It would be nearly impossible for you to not find something that will be a good fit and will make it simple to hit the ground running. The need is there but sadly, too often, the volunteers are not. And if there isn’t what you want nearby, well you can start it because the chance is that it’s desperately needed!
Find something you want improve… and teach it
Anyone who has ever been a tutor or a coach will agree… if you feel like your skills in an area have plateaued, one of the most effective ways to jump start yourself is to coach or teach it to someone else. Not only does it re-hash the fundamentals to you, it also allows your mind to approach it from a different perspective and angle. You’ll encounter questions you hadn’t thought of, or figure out just why you were told to do it “this way” since you were just a learner. Approaching anything from new perspective will nuance your worldview and build a more well-rounded person.
Find your success… and share it
So often we associate success with what we accomplish personally. That is a very valid definition of success, but it is also incomplete. To teach, inspire, coach, and encourage is a success in and of itself… regardless of the outcome! The moment that you see what you know and have learned finally click in someone else… that’s a powerful reward.
So, we all want a better community. How will you create it?
About the Author: Jordan Adler, the brother of Katie Adler, has a big heart for serving others. He promotes positivitey among all he meets. He serves without expecting anything in return. He cares about others and is the most genuine, sincere, loving, and “cool” guy you will ever meet. He knows know stranger. Jordan’s my hero, my friend, my supporter and my wise counsel. Interested in reading more from Jordan? Read his previous post Find Your City’s Fitness Personality.