By Abderrazzak Messaoudi
Have you ever imagined your life without getting involved in some humane works and activities? Have you ever felt as if you were endangered in a jungle where only fierce animals can live and you start crying for help that may or may not come? If yes, be assured that your feeling is the same everywhere since we are all humans regardless of the religious and cultural differences. It is the same since we are all in the same fight striving to see the dawn of a new day. It is the same since we are much alike and our blood is the same color.
There would be no convincing reason for one to live or exist in this challenging world unless one pays his or her duty toward the society where one lives and interacts. Being a real person is not only about having one’s own biological needs that may guarantee one’s welfare. These needs unfortunately make one no more than a very simple being, self-oriented and thus less humane. Becoming a very distinguished and privileged human can only be achieved if we go beyond the aforementioned of basic human biological needs to other very humane ones. These humane needs, unlike our biological ones, enable a person to enjoy his or her state as a real humane citizen. They also enable a person to live not only for the self but also for the community where one lives. In so doing, we will be sure our existence is of another brand type.
It is important to get involved in voluntary works. It is the only way we can track to see the sky very clearly; to see birds of all kinds sitting on the rainbow while putting their black and white feathers together to form a golden iron chain in face of the dust storm and the head wind. Yes, it is a very panoramic sight that can make one even imagine himself or herself in a paradise listening to Michael Jackson’s song, “We Are the World.” Through voluntary works, we can help a lot in putting another brick in the wall of solidarity and humanity. We can also make those who are leading very hard lives smile. We can also help them afford to meet their immediate needs like nutrition, education and peace. With voluntary works, we can make sure that “no child is left behind,” no “bleeding eyes,” “no fear,” “no war,” and “no discrimination.” With voluntary works, we can make everyone laugh and hope for the best. We can revive the hoped-for dream to live and let others live peacefully. We will enjoy the sight of the mosaic globe where we live. With voluntary work, we will make melodies of peace while riding the peace train.
It is very naïve to think that voluntary work is only about giving in which there is no room for taking in exchange. Starting from my own experience, I have discovered fruitful things that help me discover my best self, both personally and professionally. Getting involved in such voluntary activities held in my community is both an eye opening experience and a life changing experience as well. I have come to develop self-confidence because of the doors opened for me to negotiate some action plans or suggestions. For example, in our non-governmental organization, “Together as One for Development Exchange Program Abroad,” I help a lot in setting the scene for such activities that voice the needs of the students and women like the annual program of teaching English to the students of the faculty of science, organizing a national public speaking competition in three different languages, with the emphasis on English, arranging leadership training and also organizing conferences. Needless to say, by the end of these activities, all the participants get certificates to boost their resumes. I have also developed my leadership skills via knowing how to interact with others from different ages and specialties, including university teachers, doctors, and doctoral students who share the same vision. Besides, I have also learned how I can develop my time management skills.
What can be best left for the conclusion are some heartfelt appeals that I wish they can find a way into the psyche of those men and women of all seasons. Let’s look at the mirror; let’s see the deeds of the self rather than our reflected images; let’s awaken the person we see in the mirror; let’s make the call rather than waiting for the call that may or may not come; let’s see love in the eyes of each other; let’s be members of the global volunteering community.