Guest Post: Jacqueline Way –Founder – Volunteer Executive Director 365give
I am often told how inspiring my work is for 365give. I am continually humbled and surprised by the amount of views and comments we get from our recent TEDx Talk “How to Be Happy Every Day: It Will Change the World”
We hear from viewers from around the world asking how they can get started, how can they help, how can they volunteer or become an Ambassador for the 365give. As a small volunteer run organization I don’t always have the answer. Having a new global reach is a big learning and growing phase of our organization.
But what I have is a clear vision for 365give – Changing the World 1 give, 1 day at time. It’s never been my job. I have never been paid for the endless hours I have dedicated, along with the endless hours by our dedicated volunteers. What I do know is it’s my life’s work. It’s why I’m here, it’s what makes me tick, what gets me excited every day to wake up. I believe we all have work to do on our planet to help create a better world, a happier world.
So, the next time I am asked “how can I help” I will ask a simple question – what’s your life’s work?
Not your job but your work? Wes Moore’s talk on Super Soul Sunday “The Difference Between Our Job and our Work” explains this so beautifully. It’s the difference between what we do to make a living vs what brings our life meaning and purpose.
Find your way to make a positive contribution to our world that thing that makes you jump out of bed in the morning. It will be different for each of us. You don’t have to spend endless hours volunteering or donating millions of dollars but do what you can do.
Now take it a step further. Start inspiring others. Join our community and share your stories. It’s how we started. We did one thing to change the world every day and we shared our stories inspiring others to give. It’s creating a ripple that’s traveling around the world. Make your small daily give part of something bigger, a community that’s standing together because they want to change the world.
At the end of the day I want to make sure it mattered I was every here. What about you?