‘Ask not what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do for your country
John F. Kennedy
This quote has been running through my mind lately, not sure why. We’re into municipal elections in this province, so the signs are up all over the place. And there have been a number of leadership changes and elections across the country, as well as in the US over the past months. Maybe that’s why.
When I look at the campaign claims, and then see the back-pedaling afterward, I wonder if these politicians truly are wanting to serve their country/province/state/municipality – or are they in this for themselves. And in our economic atmosphere, it appears to be harder and harder to ‘serve’, because there just aren’t enough funds.
Then this morning I read the post at ‘French Village Life’ and was completely intrigued. Wishing that this concept could be spread world-wide – give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for life. What a wonderful service is Emmaeus!
A glorious example of walking among them! And without politics (we can hope).
Last night we sat at our local Emergency Social Services meeting – a small team of trained folks available to assist families to get temporary housing/food/etc. in the event they have to be evacuated from their homes due to an emergency. This is our little bit for our community, but there’s always politics – begging for funds, seeking support from governments, applying for grants. It’s sometimes disheartening to want to serve, but have hands tied because of ‘politics’ and having to ‘play the game’. But at least we know we’re there if somebody needs us, which thankfully hasn’t happened in quite some time!
Are you involved in a volunteer organization? What is your experience?
Here’s to ‘Helping Hands’. Blessings, Peg