My Work…

Today, I want to share with you a story that I hope will help you become aware of your environment. I also hope that this awareness will empower you to be RESOURCEFUL to complete your goal no matter what obstacle is thrown in front of you.

LET ME TELL YOU A STORY THAT HAPPENED TO ME…

If you know me, you are aware that I like volunteering.  Planting trees, picking up highway trash, operating Lionel Trains during Christmas for kids, writing articles for my hometown. I love volunteering so much that I recently joined ROTARY INTERNATIONAL: WHOSE MOTTO IS SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

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Well… it was 2 summers ago…

I volunteered to represent the Historical Society located in Hershey, PA at a market held for the community in downtown Hershey, PA… I sent an email to the woman managing the community table… She replied and thanked me and complimented me on being so reliable and interested in community affairs.

IT WAS ON… I HAD TO MAKE THIS TABLE AWESOME!!!

I went into the Historical Society Museum on the Wednesday before the event to gather items and prepare my table.

SOME ITEMS I GRABBED:

Magnets…

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Yearbooks…

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Post-Cards…

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Pillows…

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A Table Cloth with the non-profit’s organization on it…

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I gathered the items together and put them into a Trolley Shed since I was going to pick them up early in the morning Saturday…

OR SO I THOUGHT…

THE TROLLEY SHED…

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This was an old waiting station used for a trolley that was once used for public transportation in Hershey in 1904-1946.  IT IS THE SIZE OF A TOOL SHED AND WAS BUILT TO PROTECT THOSE WANTING A RIDE ON THE MACHINE… I WAS TOLD THAT THIS TROLLEY SHED WAS DONATED BY THE HOTEL HERSHEY TO THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY… so it was placed on the grounds of the museum.

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I WAS BEING RESOURCEFUL and locked the items I was going to show the community in it…

Fast forward two days…

I was going to work… I WORK AT HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD…

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My car wouldn’t start… I had to get my Mom to give me a ride to Hershey from Bainbridge in Lancaster County… OOO, BY THE WAY… SHE WAS GOING AWAY FOR THE WEEKEND TO ATTEND A WEDDING IN VA… THIS MEANT AFTER MY WORK SHIFT THAT ENDED AT 11:30 PM I WOULD NOT HAVE A PLACE TO STAY.

IT WAS SUMMER AT HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD.  TO SAY IT WAS BUSY IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. The last thing on my mind was where am I going to stay the night.

My RESOURCEFULNESS kicked in…

I checked my pockets and realized I had the Keys to that locked Trolley Shed…

(YEAH) that’s where i slept…

Those pillows made of my old high school’s class pennants were awesome when it came to time to sleep.

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EVEN-THOUGH IT WAS SUMMER, THERE SEEMED TO BE A CHILL IN THE AIR. (THAT TABLECLOTH MADE FOR AN EXCELLENT BLANKET)

I DID NOT CALL OFF OF WORK NOR DID I MISS THAT VOLUNTEERING EVENT.  I was aware of my environment and enacted my RESOURCEFULNESS.

I hope that my story encourages at least one of you to not let things you can’t control worry you… i.e. non-starting car… and empowers you to be resourceful in the things you can control.