Tag Archives: Millenials

Summertime

Summertime

In the Summertime was one one of my favorite songs when it came out.  Well, it is summertime (officially).  It’s actually cooler today than it has been lately.

Without Volunteers

The Chamber of Commerce, FLPP, PPSNYS and my networking group all have had problems getting people to participate.  This got me thinking… what would the world be like without volunteers?

Talking to people in other volunteer organizations, it appears we’re heading that way.  Could you imagine what it would be like of those services went away completely, or if you had to pay for them.

A friend who is a volunteer fireman said they were supposed to have 5 firefighters show up to an alarm, and only two did.  Neither one of the two were qualified to drive the truck.  This is a scare preview on where the millenials are heading.

What’s in it for Me

The “What’s in it for me” attitude doesn’t end well.  Selfless people ask, “How can I help?  What can I do?”  Selfish people ask, “What’s in it for me?  What do I get out of this?”  As a result, a world full of selfish people becomes corrupt, evil, warmongering, avarice, to list a few of its attributes.

I hear people use the justification “what would Jesus do” when someone calls them out on their selfish behavior.  First, read the scriptures.  When confronted by a selfish man, Jesus told him, “Sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.”  The rich man wasn’t happy with that answer.

Personal Note

On a personal note, I sometimes think myself too selfish with my time and means.  Yet, when you show up to a group function, where several more people should be, you have to remind yourself, “at least I’m here.”

That’s not to say something hasn’t come up in other people’s lives.  But, when it is the same people volunteering again, and again, and the others are not, you have to think that they just don’t want to help.  Honestly, I don’t know if that’s the case, and I try to be charitable and non-judgemental, but repeated behaviors tend to solidify the assumption that they don’t care.

To Each Their Own

There’s also the other side of things.  People tend to volunteer for what they do best or enjoy doing — even it it is work.  I have no problem with that.  You’re not going to have me volunteering to repair someone’s car because I wouldn’t know where to start these days.  Likewise, someone might not volunteer to tear off someone’s roof because they feel unsteady on their feet.

Repeat Offenders

It’s the repeat offenders (and there seems to be more and more of them each day) wherein lies the problem.  It’s people who never do anything for anyone except themselves.  I worry about that.  The more people in the world who ask, “What’s in it for me?”, the more precarious the future.

No Clue

About 10 or 11 years ago, I was talking to a young adult.  She was telling me about her ambitions and goals.  I said to her, “That all sounds great, but don’t forget to take time everyday to serve someone else.”

She had a blank look in her face.  So I explained it can be organized, like volunteering for a local charity, or it can be a daily goal to find someone who looks like they need help and go offer help.  The sample I gave was a family who bought a bed at Goodwill and it wouldn’t fit through the door.  The Goodwill store didn’t have any tools to disassemble the bed.

I was close by and could hear the customer venting his frustration that they wouldn’t have a way for him to get the bed out of the store.  My thought was they needed help.  So, I approached the customer and said to him, “I’m sure my boss will understand if I’m late getting back to work.  I have some tools in my truck.  I’ll go get them and we’ll disassemble this bed.”

So, we did.  The clerk stood by watching.  Once the bed was disassembled, I looked at the clerk and said, “You are going to help carry this out, aren’t you?”

The three of us got the bed loaded in the man’s van.  I returned to work feeling like I had made a positive difference in that family’s life.

I think the story fell on the young lady’s deaf ears.  She had no clue.

Saddened

I’m saddened how selfish the world is getting.  Thank goodness for the gospel that teaches people to be selfless.  Children being brought up in light and truth are the real future.

Being a Good Tenant

Being a Good Tenant

It’s time I say something about being a good tenant.  This is especially directed at the Millennial Generation.  While not to stereotype the Millennial Generation (aka Generation Y), I’ve observed I seldom have trouble with older tenants.  My comments are aimed towards those who also rent a room or share living quarters.

This list is based off personal observation.  These are not one-time, one person offenses, otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing this at all.  This list is based on repeated, common offenses.

Here goes…

  • If it isn’t yours, ask permission before using it or moving it.
  • If it is yours, keep it in your room.
  • If you find a door shut, knock first.
  • If it was shut when you found it, shut it when your done.
  • If a door was locked when you entered or exited, make sure the door is both shut and locked after you use it.
  • The reverse of the last one is true.  If you find it unlocked, leave it unlocked.
  • Keep out of areas of the home that are not rented to you unless you’ve been told those areas are okay to enter.
  • If you find an appliance (like a fan, heater, air conditioner, etc.) on, leave it on.  If you find it off, leave it off.
  • Don’t adjust the thermostat to the house except if you’ve been given permission to do so.
  • If you break it, replace it.  Own up to breaking it.
  • If you dirty it, clean it.
  • In general, be clean.  Your room, your clothes, your person should be clean and odor free.
  • If your comings-and-goings are odd hours, let others in the house know (especially if it is a one-time thing.)  A door opening at 2am can startle most people.
  • Leave notes where others will see it.  For example, “I’ll be out late tonight and will be getting home around 2am.”   And, not just for your comings-and-goings, but anything the landlord should know about if they aren’t available to tell them in person.
  • Empty the trash if you find it full.
  • Ask what the landlord’s policy is about entertaining guests in the house.  Remember, you’re a guest (albeit you’re a paying guest) in their home.
  • If you clog to toilet, and there’s a plunger nearby, unplug it.  If there’s no plunger, let the landlord know.
  • If there’s a plumbing problem, report it immediately.
  • If you sprinkle when you tinkle, please wipe it up.
  • And, for Pete’s sake, flush the toilet after you use it.

Those are all things regarding being a good tenant.