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Perks for Selflessness?

In response to my post on getting material rewards or perks for volunteer work outside the obvious communal/spiritual benefits, CM reader Daria wrote: “I belong to one non-profit that sees a surge of workers only when we give out movie passes. (And the work gets done.) Another provides breakfast and people blow in from out of town. (And the work gets done.)…

“Today I helped paint a classroom at a daycare center. There was more work than volunteers, but it felt almost effortless because of the spirit that brought us together. To me, it was an act of holiness. But I didn’t always get this. I once did volunteer work begrudgingly, selfishly, and with a sense of duty, or even guilt. I often thought more of how it would fit my schedule than benefit another.

“Today I do it with an open heart, thinking of the people I’m serving. I’m full of gratitude for the privilege and the wherewithall to meet someone else’s need.”

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posted October 10, 2006 at 8:54 pm

Of course helping others brings us together and the unseen benefits outweigh any phisical benefits, but sharing what one has much of, such as money, or movie tickets, or food then the energy is multiplied, instead of just giving and growing, you are sharing… instead of just compassion, there is love… of course some do things for the material benefits, but you, or the coordinator of such events gets whatever spiritual benefit for sharing what you have a surplus of… it is not something extra to feed the hungry, it is not generous it is necissary and part of our human responisbilities. If one does something out of greed, then they will suffer by being consumed by there greed. They do suffer already by not seeing the love that exists without what they think they need. They think that them recieving free stuff is all the love they need, and noone can teach them otherwise, only the love of everyone else who can see.

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