In today’s busy, crazy life, who’s got time to give one more second for anything else? Not me. But what would happen if we all felt that way all the time?
Today I want to talk to you about giving back. I have been a member of a great organization, the Carolina Romance Writers, for a few years now. I guess you could say I’m a faithful member. In the years I’ve been a member I’ve only missed a couple of meetings. I’ve learned so much. My writing has grown by leaps and bounds. I’ve been taught by many great speakers, consisting of authors, agents and a few publishers. I’ve also learned from fellow members and my writer friends, too. In fact, I really don’t know where I would be in my writing without Carolina Romance Writers. Don’t even get me started on the great friends I’ve met along the way. To sum it up, my chapter has provided me with so much more than I could ever repay.
This year, I did something I never thought I’d do. I stepped up and volunteered to be Treasurer. I felt it was time for me to give back to the organization that had given me so much. WOW! I quickly learned that it takes A LOT to keep a group like ours up and running. And it’s all done by volunteers. Do I have time to be Treasurer? No. Do I know anything about being a Treasurer? Not really, but I’m learning. Do I have things I would rather be doing with my time, like writing and trying to get published? Yep. But if people didn’t volunteer their time, there wouldn’t be a Carolina Romance Writers or a Romance Writers of America, for that matter.
Being a board member, I get to see what everyone else does too. Trust me when I say, it takes many hands to keep CRW going. If you have been warming a seat in your meetings for a while now, I encourage you to step up and give a couple hours each month to your local writing chapter. You may be saying, “I don’t know Lori, there isn’t really anything I could contribute.”
Yes there is. You may have a bubbly personality-volunteer for the welcoming committee. You may be good with numbers-run for Treasurer. You may be a born leader-run for President. You may be a great right-hand kind of person-run for Vice President. Work on the Newsletter, Membership, Web Chair, but just do something. Give back.
Do you have time? Probably not. Is it a big pain in the butt? Sometimes. Is it going to require you to step out of your comfort zone? Sure. But what if no one did? What would happen to the groups we cherish that contribute so much to our writing careers if no one volunteered? And you’ll probably learn and grow from the experience.
A board position lasts only 12 months. Let me change that. It’s only a few hours a month, for twelve months.
At least take a little time to think about it.
Remember to Dream Big!