“Only a life lived for the others is a life worthwhile” – Albert Einstein
The words of the great man hold as much significance today as hey used to carry back then. The question that might arise in the minds of the readers would probably be ‘How could a person possibly explore his identity by serving others?’ Well, the question gets you to ponder, however; the answer is within each one of us.
Think!! How many times have you felt happy after helping others? What’s the extent of pleasure achieved by helping a child acquire good education, helping an old woman cross a busy road, or helping your mother clean the house? These are some small things that all of us have experience in our lives. However, when it comes to self-exploration, it is not the part that we do for others that helps us find ourselves. Rather it’s the emotions that we feel running inside us, immediately after a good deed that helps us know who we are and what we want. Human beings are selfish; they do things that make them happy. Hence, if good deeds make a person happy, the person is willing to perform them. Thus you start exploring yourself in the service of others.
SIUT served as a great platform for us where we learnt about volunteerism. The workshop was equipped with the spirit of serving others, while bringing a good change to the society. We, being the members, could feel the passion the youth carried with them for the same. It was as if people from diverse backgrounds and areas converged at a platform, showing their willingness to share what little they had with those who had none. This is the youth that will bring a positive change to our society in the future.
During the session Dr Arif Pyarali, Trainer and Consultant at Learning Minds Group, talked about the essence of volunteerism which involved knowing:
- WHY it’s being done?
- For WHOM it’s being done?
- How it’s being done?
These points are to be considered before going for an opportunity to serve others. These points serve as the foundation to volunteerism. However, what signals a person’s reluctance towards the same is his/her attitude while doing this. A smile on ones face when volunteering, for instance, goes a long way as an indicator of one volunteering from their heart.
Volunteers in a society are priceless. These people are not paid in money for the services they provide, they do get recognition out of it, and amazingly, the recognition too is not what they crave for. It is the inner satisfaction that they gain after serving others which gets them into volunteering time and again.
The participants to the event were involved in the Four Square Activity, aimed to make the participants aware of how the society has conditioned their mind. Participants were explained how being hired on a job that serves others is not a prerequisite to provide voluntary services. Everyone can spread the joy of serving others, be it with just a single act of kindness, one sure to effect the world in a positive manner.