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Volunteering for change. . .

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I spent the last three days attending a murder trial in order to provide support for the victim's family. I am always fascinated by the way our courts work, and I love hearing the legal arguments and watching the witnesses.

I've known and worked with many of the court officials and victim-witness staff for many years, and it is really nice to be a volunteer with these same people. I can pick and choose the tasks I wish to take on, and that's a real treat in this arena.

I was asked to take a larger role in training new volunteers, and I'm thinking about it, but right now my reservation is that it could cut into my exercise time. The one thing I did not enjoy was sitting around so much the last three days. Huh. Now that's a change for me, actually seeking out a more active lifestyle. There might be something to this idea of developing new habits and making fitness a priority.

I have to say that doing the Summer 5% challenge was another big change for me (I'm a little bit commitment phobic, I think.) I was very surprised to find out how quickly I came to depend on my teammates for support and mutual motivation. Firecrackers rock, btw!! I was also surprised to find out how competitive I am, and how much the commitment and competition mattered to me.

I'll miss the Firecrackers through the Fall as I'm starting BLC 17 this week, but I will keep in touch with my teammates. They are my support system, after all.

Thanks Spark Friends.
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  • ZELLAZM
    Yes, you'll be missed on the Firecracker team this fall, but I look forward to reading your blogs and cheering you on in your BLC challenge!
    3188 days ago
  • PRNCSCUP1-2FULL
    We'll miss you with the Firecrackers this fall! I am always happy to read one of your comments on my blogs! Funny how we change so much in so short of time, isn't it? Do stay in touch and do consider training the new volunteers! New volunteers need to learn from someone with your dedication and commitment so they can take over and you won't have to volunteer as much and then you can exercise more! Did you take active breaks?
    3189 days ago
  • SKIRNIR
    Hey, I am doing BLC17 and the Fall 5% challenge. :) But then so far I have no idea how much of a commitment BLC17 will be. Hopefully I won't regret the choice.
    3189 days ago
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