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.