|It's all good...|
By Richard Kent Matthews
Early last year, around February 2011, I applied to volunteer at a local agency doing counseling work with senior citizens. During the training, I discovered that the 'team' I was going to be working with didn't exactly take to me for some reason. Oh, well, I thought. I'm not really here for them anyway. I'm here to serve.
But I still had a negative feeling about the whole training experience.
During the last couple of days of the training, I made the decision not to work with the organization. Before I could exit, though, the leader of the training called me aside and said that I didn't fit in and they wouldn't be asking me to continue with them.
To be very blunt and honest, I was taken aback and even a bit offended! Ha! They beat me to the punch.
Later, as I rehashed the whole process in my mind, I realized my personal response was a bit childish. I made the decision to just let it go.
The sad part was, I really wanted to volunteer with the organization. I felt a sense of loss. But I put it out of my mind and went on to other things.
Forward to today, July 30, 2012.
I received an email from a Craigslist volunteer opportunity I'd inquired about. The sender asked me if I was the same Richard who had volunteered for the counseling position last year. I was hesitant to say yes, thinking that they were probably not going to ask me to interview since they most likely had talked to the trainer. But I went ahead and sent an email, telling them that I was indeed the same person.
Just a few minutes ago, I received an email from one of my 'buddies' (whom I had lightly bonded with while doing the training) who now works at the organization, containing these words: