When we have time to stop and reflect on what is most important for us in life, it generally isn’t the flash car we have or the promotion we just got that really makes our soul smile.
Many people on their death beds will say that the thing they wish they had done more of was cultivate and develop more meaningful relationships in their life. At the end of the day it is not about how big of a house you live in if there is no one to share it with, this is also why shared experiences with friends or those close to us it what we look back to and cherish.
One way that we can think about deepening the relationships we have is to volunteer. Volunteering has not only given a purpose on a practical level (routine, socialization, and a way to spend my day), it has also gives a greater purpose in the world and connection to the people in your community.
As your health improves you come to realise that contributing to the wider community is a calling as you have a unique gift to offer the world. This need to give back to this world provides you with a chance to increase the inpact that you have in your lifetime.
Volunteering fosteres empathy and this is a necessary trait for not only spiritual growth but also healing. Having an opportunity to give of yourself in this way makes my life rich far beyond any amount of money you could make, and it gives you an appreciation for this path we are all walking together.