This morning I shared a post about something I had read involving what one writer referred to as, ‘Volunteer Burn Out,’ and I got a lot of comments on Facebook and Twitter. Some wrote and shared that they understood and advised to follow my heart and intuitive guide, and that it’s okay to take a step back to re-evaluate where you want to give your time. Others, and one person in particular, commented about how it’s not really about me and that it’s more about the mission and helping. To sum it up, she shared that she felt that what mattered most is that people give of their time, that they do not look for recognition or appreciation, but that they consider the people they are helping. It’s not that I disagree, and I think it’s important to be mindful that no task is above any of us, and if it’s handing out bottles of water to those in need, but you have a law degree, it’s not necessary that you do legal work for the organization you are volunteering for, because as she said, it’s not a job.
We have all had our share of relationships where we feel that our time is not valued and we have all had our experiences when we sign on to do things and then feel as though we are not appreciated. It’s also okay to say, “No.” My point was merely that. If you wake up and are sad and feeling under-valued, after giving your heart, soul and time to an organization, it’s okay (in my opinion) to reevaluate and decide if there might be a better place for you to spend your time. It also might just be time to take a break, re-assess the reasons you signed on to volunteer in the first place, and then go from there. It’s okay to take time for yourself when you need it, and that’s all I was trying to say.