Wow... what a night.
A night of mayhem, madness, excitement, order and anarchy, and let's not forget, pride and fun and smiles.
That was my night tonight. I attended my son's first football club meeting, in the form of a jumper presentation and pie night (A great Aussie tradition). It was Zach's first involvement in a footy club, and his excitement all week in the lead up, seemed justified with his facial expressions as he took the whole thing in. The highlight for him (and his apparently very proud Dad) obviously being presented with his first "real" football playing jumper, and a great kit bag full of stuff from the AFL and its sponsors nab. (I'm not endorsing nab, however the amount of money they must pour into this astounds me. If every junior club and every junior player got the same stuff, well, let's just say WOW!)
Another thing struck me, being in attendance tonight. How many people, freely give up their time for others. This is a volunteer/honorary organisation, run by people who just believe in it, and who want to contribute. Amazing!
I have always been pretty protective with my time. I find it hard to give more to anyone, as I save what I don't use for work for my immediate family. My parents were always there for me, I saw my Dad every night, he was always home for dinner, Mum was there every afternoon after school, and Dad attended every single sporting event I had as a kid (which I think was every weekend, summer and winter). I want to provide the same for my kids. But there are some amazing people out there, who, I think can do all this and more.
I have been learning about so many people giving of late, it is just great for the soul, and has me questioning myself and feeling a little guilty.
From those who have given for those horrific bushfires in Victoria recently, to people in my own recruiting circles, who have been putting their own special talents to assist those who are suffering in this recession. People like the Susan Kang Nam
, (the PinkOlive woman) who heads up a Career Club called SaltyLegs (really have to find out the origin of that name), to the RecruiterGuy Chris Hoyt
, who apart from being the Talent Acquisition Guru at AT&T is actively involved in raising funds, well at the moment the Big Brother, Big Sister programmes with "bowling for kids"
and more recently the people from JobCamp (#JobCamp)
, Luke Havey Palmer from Buzzle
, and Stephen Collins, AKA @Trib
Honestly, what a great concept. Putting together Employers, Unemployed and Specialist Recriuters who really can do something about making jobs for people in a room for 2 days to see if they can make a difference. These are all inspirational people, who've had inspirational ideas, and more important is the fact that they ACTED on them.
Well what can I say, whilst not in their league, it did make me put my hand up, much to the surprise to those who know me. For what? may you ask.... Just remember, you heard it here first I am going to be a brand new Auskick
coach for the 5-6 year olds at our local club. Maybe I was inspired, or maybe they just put something in the pies?