When I dropped off some children’s clothes and stuffed animals at the Good Neighbor Center, one of the staff that I know was there. He asked me if I was the overnight host volunteer tonight.
I said that I wasn’t, and that the July spots were taken. He then told me that although they have had plenty of volunteers for overnight duty, they also had plenty of cancellations. That means a run-down of the emergency contact list to find a substitute. That has proven problematic recently because no one is saying Yes. He asked if I would be willing to put my name on the call list.
I said Yes.
Why? Some of my friends might just assume that I’ll be taken advantage of. Some people may have thought that it is too much hassle.
But I know two things,
- I can say No any night I am called and will do so without guilt, as I have a life.
- I can always take my name off the call list if it becomes too much.
We all have it within us to say Yes or to say No.
Tonight, I said Yes. What about you?