“A job is way to make money. A calling is a way of life. A calling consists of meaningful work that reflects who we are and not just what we do. Before we go out into the world to do our work, we need to turn inward and discover what that work might be. It is inside where we begin to make meaning in our lives. It is inside where we meet our deepest longings, our unique gifts, and our truest self. It is inside where we find the twin gifts of purpose and passion that become the core of our working lives. “by Jason E. Smith, M.A.
BUSN200 will provide you with an opportunity and a calling to service. As you go on to decide where you want to get involved with your service, it is important to stop everything and think about what your unique gifts are. You are the one who knows your truest self, and therefore the passion for service will come from the inside and will be somewhere where your unique gifts are of best service.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Try to explore new paths—somewhere you are not familiar with. Experience diversity and new activities; choose the path less traveled for that is the path where you are most likely to leave a trail.
I personally have experience serving in the United States and also in my home country of Honduras. It has been interesting to see the differences and how I have impacted the lives of the people I have helped. Honduras is a very poor country that is in the need of more volunteers to help the community.
I visited a small town in a very rural area to serve as a volunteer for a school that Americans founded. I had to translate English-Spanish as some of the owners and donators were visiting the school. I still remember this little girl who took me to her house. Her house was about the size of my office here in the BUSN200 center. She told me she had 4 siblings and her mother was expecting another kid. She also lived with her biggest brother and his wife. She told me how all her siblings were from different fathers. As she went along, she told me she never got to meet her Dad because he was shot when he was young. I could feel how she just needed someone to talk to; she told me she wanted to go to my city and live with me because she wanted to dedicate herself just to school, but she had to help her mother sell food in order to sustain her family.
Whenever we experience service and try to get involved with people we never thought we would, it makes you reflect on the state of your own life. There is nothing better than establishing relationships and getting to know others, as we never know what story every person has to share.
By: Maria Fernanda Robelo, BUSN200 Facilitator