Volunteering: People will judge you by your actions…

Posted by on November 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm.

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Say hello to the quilting group where I’m the newest member.

The above picture was taken last year. I wasn’t a member then. However, it includes some of the ladies that are part of the quilting group. We meet each Monday for three hours. It’s a great time of fellowship, and it gives me a chance to do something crafty… sewing. I learned how to sew when I was seven.

“We judge ourselves by our intentions, but others judge us by our actions.”

Many of us have the best intentions when it comes to serving others, but how many of us follow through? If we don’t watch out, we can easily forget the promises we’ve made.

Since my parents have always been active in helping others (even when the early years when they were poor themselves) I try to make an effort and give back to those who might not be as fortunate as myself.

Helping others, is something I strongly believe in, and it’s something I put into action since I was a child. My parents are great role models. The days when I struggled financially. I still helped others. I look back on my early twenties quite fondly. You should see some of the recipes I came up with then — however I survived.

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In todays quilting group, I managed to take a few photos. The majority of our time together is spent working, but we do manage to squeeze in conversation too. Because of the groups friendly nature, it gives everyone a chance to get to know one another — and to form genuine friendships too.

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As the newest of this group, there are times when I’m in the spotlight. It’s natural, they want to learn about me and so I’ve been happily weaving in bits of my daughter and my life into the conversation. Because of their friendliness, it didn’t take long for me to feel like one of the group, and so I look forward to my Monday quilting sessions.

Next Monday, one of the ladies is going to help me with my crochet. In the top photo, do you see the tall lady to your right with the sunglasses? Yep, she’s the one that will be helping me. She’s German, and I enjoy chatting with her. She’s told me a few stories of her country.

What’s brought these wonderful ladies together? A common desire to help those less fortunate. I’d say its even more fulfilling, because of the friendships that have been made. They’ve effectively turned their belief, of helping others, into action.

13 Comments

  • philip says:

    What a beautiful group of people. And looks like two lovely quilts in the making. That quote about how people judge us. If only our politicians will learn from that. Too many good intentions but no actions, as evidenced today.
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    Opal Reply:

    @philip,
    Indeed they are, I’m fortunate to have discovered this lovely group.

    If only our politicians will learn from that. Too many good intentions but no actions, as evidenced today.

    I agree, I used to be very active politically, and have done a lot of volunteer work with many of candidates within my state.

    Many people are tired of empty promises, regardless of political affiliation they’ve been broken by many of our elected officials.

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  • Karen says:

    I’m glad to see that you went back a second time and are enjoying yourself. It is great that you can do your thing and help along the way and make new friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you –
    Karen
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    Opal Reply:

    @Karen, I’m very happy, and I’m already looking forward to next Monday.

    Here’s hoping you and your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving also.

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  • suituapui says:

    I’ve seen some very nice quilts that people make, real exquisite tapestry and no doubt, very expensive. When I was small, my mum used to make but with very simple symmetrical patterns only…but they were no less treasured and we used them as blankets till they were tattered and torn.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @suituapui,
    Yes, I’ve seen some elaborate quilts. This group has made some of those also. Someday, I’ll have to post a few of those pictures.

    When I was small, my mum used to make but with very simple symmetrical patterns only…but they were no less treasured and we used them as blankets till they were tattered and torn.

    I feel special when someone creates something for me. 🙂

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  • Jennifer says:

    What a lovely bunch of ladies!!! 🙂
    I soooo wish I had local crafting buddies! 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, They are, I look forward to my Monday mornings. They’re such a sweet group of ladies. 🙂

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