You are not alone

First let me say how thrilled and honored I am to be writing here at MFFO – nothing like being part of a “feel good” group with no hidden agendas and a genuine desire to make a difference in our world.

A few years ago I joined a local cancer group in my area because my dad was fighting cancer and I felt I had to give back.  Since then I have become very active in the group, became president and thank God every day because my dad is in remission.

This past Wednesday we had our monthly meeting and prior to the meeting I received several calls from members excusing themselves because of sickness, being busy, having too much on their plate or just feeling down about the times.  If anyone understands, it would be me….(SIGH)….I feel like I’m so overextended at times and can’t find time to take a breath.

But here’s the thing – you are not alone – we all have problems and feel stressed and grasp for air as if we’re suffocating.  It’s important for us to take look around and see the brighter picture.

During the meetings we share “sunshines” and it’s not just about cancer – it’s about the good news around us that make us smile.  A member shared about their new grand daughter, someone else about a negative biopsy, and I decided to give thanks for everyone that was present.

It’s not easy to volunteer, and give your time for a cause when your life is so full and so busy.  In this time where everyone is struggling and the negative news are flowing, it is crucial and even more important to give back.  You have the power to make a difference and this is the time you are needed the most.

I looked at the small group present – a diverse group of moms, grandmothers, dads, students, teachers, professionals, cancer survivors…..and said…..THANK YOU for making a difference, THANK YOU for recognizing that although life can be tough, organizations like this one depend on unselfish individuals that believe in the power of intention.

So if you are sitting at home right now feeling sorry for yourself and trying to get a breath in between all the craziness – take a look at how you can help – MFFO will give you some amazing ideas that won’t take much time away from you, but truly will make a difference.

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10 Responses to “You are not alone”

  1. HeadMutha March 10, 2009 at 7:11 am #

    Welcome Ines. I am so grateful that you are here. Thank you for making a difference.

  2. Tracy March 10, 2009 at 7:20 am #

    Welcome Ines.. Great post.. looking forward to many more

  3. Ines March 10, 2009 at 7:23 am #

    HeadMutha and Tracy – thanks for the welcome – humbled to be here

  4. Elaine March 10, 2009 at 7:37 am #

    What a wonderful addition to a great site. You will add much to this conversation, Ines.

  5. Lola Audu March 10, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    Ines, Delighted to have you as a contributor on MFFO blog.

  6. Ines March 10, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    Elaine – and there is so much to be said and to be added! 🙂
    Lola – psyched to be here!

  7. Kim Wood March 11, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    Ines – BIG HUG

    You are so right… volunteering is hard. To take the time away from *your* life to help others….. but it is sooo gratifying… and ends up usually helping me more than the people I was volunteering to help for 🙂

  8. ines March 11, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    It’s beyond gratifying Kim – it should be a given because it comes back to you in ways you would never imagine.

    BIG HUG back at ya!

  9. Amy March 17, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    So blessed to have you here with us!

  10. ines March 17, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    I’m the blessed on Amy, thank you!

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