Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Giving Of Oneself Goes A Long Way (4)

"Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one's ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them." Harriet Naylor

However, there is also another area, which many have the tendency to overlook and that is the field of Genealogy and History which is also in dire need for volunteer transcribers. Over the last several decades , there has been a growing interest in matters pertaining to both of these areas. That natural instinct which prompts one to love the place of his or her birth, to know the history of the origin and descent of a family or race, and the circumstances in the lives of our progenitors is attracting the attention of the intellectual public, in their never ending pursuit for answers.

While subscription sites are appearing everywhere on the web, there are those that continue to offer free access to its vast wealth of information. This has been a major undertaking for them. Volunteers, who sincerely have a passion for history and genealogy have devoted their time and own money to researching and gathering information from primary sources, as well as transcribing them so that they may be uploaded to the web for the benefit of the public.

Please let us not forget to always be appreciative of all free services that we have received from the efforts of volunteers. "Thank you" is one of the most positive words that we can communicate, yet it is the least used. Thank you expresses gratitude. Just saying a simple" thank you "can make all the difference in the world. It encourages that volunteer to go the extra mile, when he or she is being appreciated. Not only thank the volunteers but don't forget to thank the administrators of websites, organizations and humanitarian causes that make it all possible to present these free services and information to you.

As the year 2007 is gradually disappearing and the dawn of a new year 2008 is approaching, we are standing on the threshold of a new beginning. The starting of a new year gives us a chance to strengthen important relationships with family and friends, to take stock of our lives and change directions if we need to. Let us not grow weary in doing what is right. Let us become productive persons, by working hard, using our intellect and daring to be enterprising. Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all. Remember "Giving of Yourself Goes a Long Way” in making a difference.

"But history will judge you, and as the years pass, you will ultimately judge yourself, in the extent to which you have used your gifts and talents to lighten and enrich the lives of your fellow men. In your hands lies the future of your world and the fulfillment of the best qualities of your own spirit." Kennedy, Robert F. Politician (1925-1968)

Goodbye for now.............until the next time.........when "Mimi Speaks."

Author of Post: Miriam Medina. I would like to hear your comments. Please do not copy this article. You can provide a link to it if you like.

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