Helping is a multiplying force. It’s a contagious virus that will compel one to infect others with it. There are no words to describe that sense of self satisfaction from aiding someone whether it’s asked for or unsolicited. It could be a grandiose gesture or a small deed, but the feeling you get from assisting someone is very rewarding. And the recipient has an air of deep gratitude; their appreciation is truly genuine because it comes from within. Some may even be inspired to do the same for a family member, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger. They in turn may render assistance for others as well. That’s the multiplying effect. It doesn’t take much to help someone, you just need to be willing to take the first step and spread some positivity. So what are you waiting for, do some good because helping is truly a multiplying force.
Hawaii is unique in the sense that we really have a multi-cultural atmosphere; yes, every state and country has a melting pot culture as well but they’re not an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with nowhere to go.
We are so isolated that the essence of good and stable relationships is important for collective existence. We think of ourselves as one big community where we just find a way to live and work together. We “talk story”, share customs and meals and influence each other. We take what’s best from each other’s cultures and fuse them together to create this place.
The way we interact and treat one another is how the “Aloha Spirit” is spread. It’s like an expression of kindness, hospitality, spirituality, cooperativeness, humility, unity and graciousness all rolled into one that we share with others, whether it be family, friends, acquaintances or strangers.
Whether you grew up here or a transplant from somewhere far, this attitude becomes engrained in your psyche. It’s a part of our life; we treat everyone like family. If you come here for a visit, just stop and look around. You can’t miss it because it’s seen everywhere, every day.
It’s the person that lets you cut into their lane during gridlocked rush hour, the next door neighbor that gives you fruits from their backyard, the people that come out in droves for a bone marrow drive for a family’s child, the person pulling over to help a stranger with a stranded vehicle on the freeway, the lady that welcomes a stranger with open arms at a party and treats them like a long-time friend, the guy that informs a tourist where the choice spots to go surfing or fishing and what to avoid, the feeling of trying to go above and beyond to help someone in need while being courteous in the process.
I could go on and on and give tons of examples but you get the picture; being hospitable is in every corner of the world. I just wanted to give a brief light into what the “Aloha Spirit” was about. Being tasked with explaining it through a blog was quite difficult for me because it’s just a way of life here.
The “Aloha Spirit” is just spreading goodwill to everyone we meet; sharing a smile, helping out, being friendly, showing that we really care about you. So if you get a chance, it doesn’t matter where you were born or where you’re currently living…maybe you could help spread the “Aloha Spirit” and increase the positivity in the world.
I count my blessings every day I wake up; I have a wonderful wife, two great kids, a loving pet, caring family members and loyal friends. My health is going well with the exceptions of a few aches and pains but that comes with age.
Lately, however, I’ve been feeling a tad bit unfulfilled; stuck in a rut and in a funk. My life has stalled for some reason and it’s as if there’s something lacking in my life that somehow can’t be extinguished. I noticed that it tends to rear its head when I’m at work.
Day in and day out, I trudge into the office to work for a private corporation whose bottom line is one of financial profit instead of valuing interpersonal relations with its employees. Those that work tirelessly are underappreciated while the slackers and less qualified upper management are praised highly for taking credit where credit is not due.
Granted the pay is good but like I said earlier, it’s lacking in substance. I’m at that age where I want to do something that matters; to make a life changing decision. Yes, I know that sounds so cliché (and NO I am not trying to apply for sainthood) but it’s the God’s honest truth.
I want to work in a place where I know the things that I am doing are for the betterment of someone or a cause. You know the feeling you get when you help someone in dire need without a thought of receiving anything in return? The sense of doing something favorable for purely selfless reasons and cracking that big inner smile in the process; you can do no wrong when you give of yourself to someone.
That’s what I want to feel; I want to smile more while working instead of being worried about deadlines. Learning to have more empathy for those that are in a far worse predicaments than I am. Strengthening my compassion towards strangers. Spreading hope when there is none. And enjoying life in the whole scheme of things. Doing something that’s rewarding and feeling a sense of self-satisfaction at the end of the day is what I’m longing for. Being able to do this would not only enrich my being but it would give meaning to my place in life.
Most recently, I have been applying at places of interest that do that sort of thing for quite some time…but unfortunately no luck. But that did not deter my desire for achieving the goal of doing something worthwhile to satisfy my inner soul.
I’ve been tirelessly perusing sites where I can volunteer my time and make a difference. The most eye opening aspect of this process is seeing the number of pages that the volunteer application forms contain.
Some even require medical documentations of past immunizations, past work history, references, reasons for volunteering and a mandatory commitment for your free services. My how times have changed from when I did community service back in high school.
Even if this whole process is time consuming, my urge to really do something worthwhile and make a difference in someone’s life is all that matters. My hope is that I can find the perfect fit and in doing so quench that burning inner desire.