Gratitude for Helping Out

Happy Gratitude Filled Sunday everyone! Today is a day of rest and relaxation – at least that is the plan!

Gratitude-DoHI have been working like crazy on a Black Tie $1,000/plate fundraiser dinner this past week. Ironically, I was not originally involved, but my technical services were requested to put together the Event Program (layout, ad designing, etc.) One thing morphed into another and I found myself renting a cargo van, running to the florist, loading and unloading the van, and all the other tasks required for putting on such an event.

The event was in support of`an organization that helps children that have experienced loss, trauma, or other terrible incidents in their lives. Clearly a great cause! How could I say no when the Assistant Event Coordinator asked me to help? There was no second thoughts. I also did not think for an extra second when at 1:45 am on Thursday morning I was asked if I could take Thursday off from work. It was a Done Deal!

Hard work brings forth awesome feelings! Working hard and not being successful can bring frustrating feelings. The key is to treat those as learning experiences and move on! Working hard and achieving success is sweet! The feelings of gratitude that are felt when hard work is enjoyed by others can put you on Cloud Nine. These feelings may come a couple days later (because you are too tired to them at the immediate conclusion) or they may be instantaneous!

Altruism is defined as “Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.”

Gratitude (or rather grateful) is defined as “Appreciative of benefits received; thankful.”

Based on these 2 definitions, I am certainly grateful that I can (and do) help others when I can!

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. Melanie Kissell on October 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Kudos to you, Paul, and all the other volunteers for planning and organizing this event! Involvement in fundraisers is always a “feel good” experience and one to be grateful for.

    So now that it’s Sunday, take a well-deserved rest. 🙂

  2. Paul on October 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I need to learn how to relax, Melanie! I am not really ‘doing nothing’ as many people would consider to be relaxing! But, trust me, I am going at a much more reasonable pace today compared to yesterday! Be Well.

  3. Ken Montville on October 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I’m not real clear as to whether you did this for free or not. My guess is, from your last few paragraphs, is that you did. It’s always great to be able to give of oneself in the service of a good cause.

    There is also the point where some may take advantage of your (or anyone’s) generous nature. It’s important, to me, to be able to distinguish between doing something out of the goodness of my heart and being asked to do something because the asker is too cheap to pay for it.

    Just my $.02

    • Paul on October 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Ken – Yes. I volunteered my time and services. I was 1 of many who helped put the entire event together, but I think I was 1 of a handful that put out so much in a short time frame. I agree that it could be easy to take advantage of in a situation like this, but that was not the case. I have learned the difference over the years.

      Thanks for sharing!

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