When you speak to others you sow seeds into their lives. You don't know what will grow and bear fruit. That's not your job, you job is to sow seeds.
Today I will be doing a NAMI NYC Metro In Our Own Voice presentation at New York University's Alpha Phi Omega.
Below here I am thinking about the seeds I have sown over the last eleven years for reducing the stigma of mental illness, and showing hope for recovery and success after being diagnosed with a mental illness.
Doing presentations for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, I love doing this volunteer work. It is near and dear to my heart because I am a person who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder who is in recovery. To go out to different places telling my story as part of NAMI's In Our Own Voice Program, feels my heart with joy. I always say if I can reach one person then it's a job well done. I know at the end of a presentation, I feel that I have reached more than one person from the response of the audience and the people who come up to speak to me. To receive letters saying that I encouraged somebody just makes me want to do more and more presentations. I encourage you to find a charity that you are interested in and volunteer so that you can feel what I feel.
Volunteer with a school, church, charity, organization or hospital to help others. By volunteering you are giving back to your community and to the world by making things better. Volunteers often help others deal with problems they have conquered and/ or recovered from. Volunteering will allow you to support causes that you believe in and are passionate about. Volunteering will help you bring hope to others. Volunteering is one situation where you are giving but also receiving as well. When you help others through volunteering, it helps you feel empowered and good. Therefore you receive just as much as you give. Volunteering is a blessing and something I highly recommend.
You'll be glad that you did.
Until next time take care of yourself and stay special!!!
Pastor, Unlimited Help Online Ministry