I wanted to have a purpose. This was the front page headline of the March 18, 2009 Orlando Sentinel. The article by Kate Santich, a staff writer, portrays how people out of work are making the positive decision to volunteer more and are finding surprising rewards.
Dr. Ivan Misner, the founder of BNI (Business Network International) says, "Givers Gain." Having invested a couple of hours with me on the telephone on two separate occasions, I can tell you this man lives his motto.
To the people featured in Ms. Santich's front page article – Larry Szrom, Janet Morris, Claudia Mayes, and Yesennia Cruz, I must give a tip of the hat for taking their job loss and turning it into someone else's gain. Yes, givers gain. What they are sowing is returning to them in fresh ways.
So thanks Kate Santich for some great reporting, sharing these personal stories, and seeing good in the midst of loss. Thanks to those featured in the article for providing hope, inspiration, and direction for those frozen due to a job loss and financial stress. Those featured express a virtue of being an on-purpose person – service.