WOW, what a second year I have had as a Paragon Optimist! From finding great new friends, who feel more like family, to realizing as a group we can make a difference.
Hello, I’m Sharon and this is the first blog I’ve ever written. I was inspired by our other members, who have written one, and I have since learned writing a blog is extremely hard and stressful… Despite that I powered through because sharing my thoughts and experiences with others can lead to positive outcomes.
When I first because a member I suffered through a botched shoulder surgery. This limited my physical abilities and caused me to feel I couldn’t help. Luckily, I eventually found a surgeon who changed my life, and I was finally able to become the productive member I knew I could be.
Volunteering has been very therapeutic and fulfilling.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been inspired by a story describing the feeling of satisfaction gained when someone has done something good for the community. For me it’s no longer a story but my reality. I didn’t realize how helping with street cleaning or meal ministry would make me feel so satisfied. I certainly had no clue that reading the fourth grade essays, “Is it ever OK to tell a lie,” would make me thankful that I am no longer in school!
I am very proud to be a member and am looking forward to many more years of helping my fellow Optimists strive to provide hope and a positive vision for the youth. While at the same time enjoying the camaraderie I feel whenever we are all together.
Can’t wait to see what the upcoming year will bring!