Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 319 – Volunteering Is Fun. Alarmingly So.

“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun. “

— Thomas Edison

When I speak, everyone jumps. At least today they did.

We ran an office evacuation drill, but since the building managers wouldn’t sound the fire alarm, we had to improvise. I was asked to give the announcement over the PA system. Since the system does not work very well, I had to to be loud. Very loud.

When it was time, I walked over to our facilities manager’s desk, took the phone from her and with my absolutely loudest, most authoritative voice proclaimed,

“This is a drill!! We are evacuating the building immediately …”

After finishing the rest of the announcement, I looked up. There were about 50 engineers scrambling for the exit. Dawning my yellow hat and orange vest, I joined my fellow emergency responders and swept the building and shooing people outside. The rest of the drill was routine. We learned a few things and will be better prepared next time.

Had this been a real emergency, the fire alarms would have done the announcing for me. But at least for this one time, I had the pleasure of being the alarm.

The point? None really. It was just an enjoyable volunteer job.

Volunteering is fun. Alarmingly so.

Volunteered to be a fire alarm. I may add that to my resume. 

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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2 Responses to Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 319 – Volunteering Is Fun. Alarmingly So.

  1. Natalie says:

    All good. I am amazed at how much volunteering you do — you and Mr. Edison are on the same page about having fun no matter what.

  2. Eric Winger says:

    Honestly, finding time to volunteer isn’t really very hard. What I wrote about today took about 30 seconds (yelling into a PA) and the whole drill took about 20 minutes.

    Another example that I didn’t write about was being the line judge last night at my daughter’s volleyball game. I was going to the game anyway, and I just said that I can help out while I watch the game. So, it really didn’t take any extra time.

    I think the key is just to look at what we’re doing, and try to bend it so that what we do helps more people.

    (And, yes – find ways to have fun while volunteering.) Thanks Natalie!

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