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Freely offer to do something.


Andrew

This is re posted.


Andrew Keller

Every morning, Larry and I dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by. I came across an article on indeed that talked about the benefits of volunteering. And I've really never thought too much about what volunteering really means. And I'm curious, what are your thoughts I looked at out the definition to volunteer is to freely offer to do something and for me, it's kind of always been associated with like a 501 c three, or nonprofit or organization. But like, does it count as volunteering? If you go to your neighbor and say, hey, I want to cut your grass for you like, what do you think volunteering is? What's the spirit of volunteering to you?


Larry

Here's what the spirit of volunteering is. To me. I'm glad you asked me this question. It's when you don't feel like you're checking off a box to make yourself feel good. Now I've been there. I've been like, you know, I'm gonna go to the food bank. So I can check that box and I can get drunk The next night or whatever it is. Like, honestly, when you're a Catholic. It's totally it's very, very, like, what's that word that Catholics say for that? It's like, not punitive. But um, anyways, where you do something good or bad? You're repins kind of thing, right? And by the way, I've been there. I'm sure we've all been there. We just want to like check off the good box. That's not what volunteer in, I have the answer of what it is not. That's it.


Andrew Keller

Okay, so but by the rule of negatives, we can finally get there. Yeah, the article goes on to talk about like the benefits of it. And I think it's a good reminder that I've done it in even if you do it to check off the box, like you can feel good. Something I thought about like during the pandemic right now, like you might, it's easy to think you can't volunteer, but you still can. And I think the biggest thing that you can get out of it is developing like a new skill or developing interacting with different people. Because no matter what you do for your work, like you're going to be within this bubble of people that is homogenous on some level. And if you volunteer at a different organization, or just get outside of your comfort zone zone, you're going to grow.


Larry

No, absolutely. I think it's really kind of fun. A volunteer number of organizations and it's fun. Yeah, to see who's shows up people from like, sales force, or I met someone from an architecture firm once and yeah, you're right, the people you meet that are kind of in the only thing about that though, I will say is that they were all there because their work told them to be there was like Salesforce volunteer day and I was like, okay, but you know, I, once again kind of get the idea. Salesforce wants to have a good name out in the community. So that's why they do it.


Andrew Keller

Yeah. And then I, I keep coming back to Is it possible to volunteer for a selfless, completely selfless reason? Because I always feel like maybe I get more out of it than the people I'm there to help like, you have a good time. You like you, you pat yourself on the back whether it's earned or not, you're like, Yeah, I did something good. And I mean, it's kind of like going on a run. You feel better after you're doing it. I don't know if I can volunteer completely selflessly.


Larry

Interesting, good confession there.


Unknown Speaker

Yeah,


Larry

we're really going Catholic this today.


Andrew Keller

I like it. Forgive malaria for Epson has been three months since my last confession. I even like even things have gone bad. I went on a medical mission trip right after college to Guyana, which is in South America and I probably didn't almost die, but I think I almost died. I was in the hospital for a couple of days. And I thought that was I thought that was the end of the road and even even that experience was what somebody learned from I guess maybe volunteering is getting out of your comfort zone to grow who you are as a person.


Larry

Did you have a tapeworm? What happened?


Andrew Keller

Uh, no. I did. Like if you if I said draw the sketchiest bodega in a third world country. picture that I ordered a milkshake from there. tasted real good, but I got real sick. So yeah.


Larry

I feel like there's lots of lessons you could get out of today. One of those being don't order a milkshake Guinea baby rock country, he just left the milkshakes, maybe emerging markets. Right?


Andrew Keller

Do You Do you consider yourself more of someone that gives back on your own terms? Or do you do it through an organization because I feel like you're always doing something to something positive. So like, what what's your approach to it? That maybe


Larry

you know, um, I have struggled with volunteerism like throughout my life because I never wanted to do it to check off a box. I was always like, how could I volunteer at a place that would really need a 510 really bad radio DJ, I was always got a struggling for this and About five years ago, my friend, Paul opened a community center. And he would have me come and do trivia, like every other week. And it was like, amazing how, like my really bad radio skills matched with this need for people to feel like they were in a living room for a while. So it did not feel like volunteering. And for like, the first time of my life, I didn't feel like I was checking off a box. I was like, hey, my skills are matching it with people that need my skills. It was like a really beautiful moment, right until the pandemic hit. And then I decided I couldn't necessarily go down to the tenderloin as much as I used to. You started to wash your hands like Pontius Pilate.


Andrew Keller

I mean, it's no good. I kind of think there's a similarity, at least for me, like we talked about how, if your friends or family are going through something hard, you just have to be there for them. Like I overthink it. And there's a, I volunteered at a place in high school in equestrian therapeutic Writing Center. So like people would go ride horses. And it's like a physical therapy, and they have one of those in Malibu, and I've talked myself out of going there for the last five years, because I'm like, my schedule is erratic. I don't want to commit to something that I can't be at 100% of the time. But then, maybe if I'm there, 50% of the time, are they going to be better off? I mean, I think all I'm trying to say is, I see a similarity. It just occurred to me that like, you just have to show up. But you don't have to do it perfect. But like just kind of be there.


Larry

I feel like that's definitely a bingo square. You just pulled the just volunteer, just do it. Just it. Just show there, go for it. My favorite volunteer thing in the whole world. I mean, Karen just got married. And we started to volunteer at a place called the palmeraie Center. And it's placed with people with disabilities to sort of live there and do a bunch of things. And we volunteered in their stage production, so they would put on a play. So we were in this play with disabilities. It was like the most amazing thing. And like we added actual play and people came and we were in it. It was just incredible. Yeah,


Andrew Keller

I mean, volunteering. The poster for that should be making life memories. Because honestly, I mean, that sounds really cheesy, but do something man.


Larry

And Yo, I just want to shout out my favorite volunteer intern Kirk, who's the Scoutmaster. Think he's like the boy scout for troop 282 down there on the peninsula. Shout out to my troop masters out there.


Andrew Keller

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