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"We Make a Life By What We Give"

After graduating from college and beginning to learn about what making a life in the so called “real world” meant, I found that a life focused solely around working to make a living was something I have never been cut out for.  Searching for meaning and worth in my life, while struggling with how that should fit into my career took me about a year. One day, my father mentioned to me that a person’s job or way they make money, does not have to be what they are most passionate about in life. This statement struck me like an arrow straight to the heart. Being of the Y generation, I quickly did some Googling and discovered where my wise father found these inspirational words. He found them in Winston Churchill, who once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Quickly, I remembered what once brought me more joy and feeling of worth and value than I had ever experienced…mentoring. The infinite beauty of mentoring is that you bring joy, worth and value to the life of another while they unknowingly give the same to.

Not to continually harp on Google (but, it is an amazing tool that helped me on this journey), but I hopped on there and searched “volunteer opportunities in Charlottesville, Virginia.”  (Editor’s note: visit www.BeAVolunteer.info) and that is how I found Walton Middle School.

In late August of last year, I applied to be part of their first mentoring program and I was blessed to be given the opportunity to mentor two incredible young girls. Once a week, I spend their lunch period with them and they light up my week! They help me to remember how tough it is to be a young teenager, which reminds me that I am getting older day by day! Yet, the most important things they have brought me beside showing me what I am most passionate about in life are their stories, knowledge, struggles, abilities to beat me in any game we play (basket ball is a big favorite), keeping me up to speed on what things like Twilight are, and most importantly…they have given me two lives that I care deeply about. Most days I am not sure if they are mentoring me or I am mentoring them, but it is those days that remind me what they give me of their lives is what gives me life.

Posted by guest blogger Elizabeth Puritz, Walton Middle School Mentor.

This blog is part of a Blog Marathon aimed to bring awareness to our community of the current needs for mentors and tutors.  Visit www.cvillevolunteer.org to learn about how YOU can make a difference in the life of a child.  Stop by the Omni on March 30 between 3:00-6:00 to meet representatives from all of the programs who are looking for more like you to be a mentor or a tutor. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. See you there!  Please RSVP here.

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