Fulfillment, the satisfaction of putting my energy into something and seeing it be fruitful by getting people engaged, has great meaning for me. For example, I was told recently at a Toastmasters meeting, “You set a really nice tone for the meeting.” That sort of feedback feels really good, for my efforts are appreciated.
I’m gaining a lot of personal satisfaction. For example, I just took on a young girl mentee and there’s great reward in this relationship. Recently I was going to have to postpone a meeting with her, so I called and in the course of the conversation couldn’t bring myself to do it. This keeps my mentoring relationship real and very alive.
Another major benefit to emerging sage leaders is the personal relationships they are able to build from their civic engagements:
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My wife and I have so much fun in the relationships we have with other people through our civic engagements. We feel inspired to continue to do things. Some of the people I grew up with here spend much of their free time still playing video games – I just don’t get it.
Feeling great about the relationships I have developed and being connected to the community because of them are the greatest benefits. I’m actually a bit of an introvert, in that I like being by myself and there are times when I go to the grocery store and don’t want to see anybody. But that is really hard to do, given this town and the relationships I have here.
I have met some incredible people who are doing amazing things. Seeing what people give to this community is truly inspiring.