5 Signs You’re The ‘Mother Teresa Friend’ Of The Friend Group

5 Signs You’re The ‘Mother Teresa Friend’ Of The Friend Group

Having a heart for service is so difficult, but it's you're calling.

Most people think that people who volunteer often and enjoy community service are doing it for the attention, scholarships, and overall boost in self-image. That may be true for a really small percentage of volunteers, but what about the rest of us? I’m talking about the people who are literally designed for the service of others, who genuinely set out to live their lives for other people.

Yes, we exist, and it’s nothing like you would think.

1. It’s a spiritual gift, an actual part of your personality.

In the Bible, it’s stated several times that each person has a special talent, a gift that they are given to help and better the lives of others (Romans 12:4-8, I Corinthians 12:8-10, I Peter 4:11). It’s not something that develops overnight; this kind of zeal for helping others is part of your character. You don’t do service because your parents/friends/teachers said you have to. It makes you truly happy to see other people benefit from betterment in their lives.

2. You can’t sit around and watch other people work.

It’s like an itch that can’t be satisfied. You can’t seem to be able to say no to anyone who asks you to help them with a project, and you’re usually the only one excited when a friend or neighbor asks for volunteers to help them with something. Even if it’s mundane, boring work, you still enjoy it and can’t imagine spending your time anywhere else. You have the mindset that it needs to be done, therefore someone will benefit from it!

3. People tend to shame you.

Often labeled as a try-hard, a “goodie two shoes”, a saint, et cetera, it becomes really hard to admit that your passion is in helping others. Most people expect you to do volunteer work for the attention and the praise, because we live in an age of instant gratification. Especially with long-term projects, it’s hard for a lot of people to understand that the rewards aren’t seen right away... or at all. It’s easy to let all the negativity get in your way, but just remember that most of society doesn’t see life through service-tinted glasses, the way you do.

4. Most of the time, your service is unnoticed or unappreciated.

Lots of people with a heart for service are the behind-the-scenes operators of life, the ones pushing from behind to make others’ lives great. It’s a thankless job, but you still find a passion in it. You don’t have to have a parade in your honor or even a pat on the back to know that you helped someone. You’re fulfilled by the actual act itself, not what anyone else thinks about your work. It makes you happy to see change happening, and ultimately, that’s what service is all about to you.

5. But at the end of the day, it’s all worth it.

Though it may sometimes be misunderstood, having a heart for service is actually kind of amazing. Seeing little acts transform into blessings for other people is truly a wonderful thing. It’s one of the best feelings in the world to be able to help someone in need, even if it’s only in a small way. So don’t be afraid to admit that you have a heart for service! Everyone needs a little of your selfless passion in their lives.

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7 Walt Disney World Secrets You Have Never Heard Before

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When you go to Disney World, it feels like you've been transported into another world. Here are some secrets about how cast members and imagine-ers keep Walt Disney World so magical.

1. The smell of Main Street U.S.A.

When you walk into the Magic Kingdom, the first thing you see and smell is Main Street U.S.A. The scent of freshly baked cookies fills the air and many wonder how does Disney do this? It's actually piping that pumps the smell throughout the street.

2. Liberty Square's Authenticity

When you walk into Main Street U.S.A., not only will you smell cookies but you'll see a lot of patriotic spirit. The street is filled with American flags, but have you noticed that they are never at half mast? All the flags in Disney except the main flagpole American Flag are either missing a stripe or a star. This is to avoid having to raise and lower every single flag when the government says to have all flags at half mast.

4. The Haunted Pickle Jar

So the story goes as follows. Back when Tower of Terror was being built, apparently the imagine-ers had a joke about a pickle jar. It kept showing up when they were working and one person brought it in on the wrong day. They put the pickle jar on the table and it was gluing day. Because it was permanently stuck to the table, it is still a part of the ride to this day.

5. Tower of Terror's shape

There is a reason why the monorail doesn't stop immediately at the front of Epcot. Originally, Epcot was supposed to be two separate parks, Epcot's Future World and Epcot's World Showcase. The monorail was going to make two separate stops, but because of the marshy swamp lands in Florida, the ground wouldn't support the second station. If the monorail would've had two stations in Epcot, there would be five Disney parks throughout Walt Disney World.

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Connect Transit Is The Way To Go To Get You Where You Need To Be

Save some money, and take the bus.

When it comes to being a college student, life can be pretty stressful. There are classes, tests, internships, jobs, social clubs and a social life to worry about. On top of that, we also have to worry about getting to these places. Sure there are friends and Ubers that you can call on to give you a ride somewhere if you don’t have your own car, but what if your bank account is low and your friends are busy? What do you do then? Well, don’t worry about finding a solution because I’ve already done that part for you.

Ride Connect Transit!

Connect Transit is Bloomington-Normal’s public transportation system that can take you anywhere you need to go within the area! If you’re a student at Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan, or Heartland, all it takes is the swipe of an ID card and you’re good to go. Community riders will have to pay a fee of $1. Now, I know taking public transportation might not be ideal. Trust me. If it were up to me, I would have my own car by now, but in all honesty, taking public transportation has changed my life.

Even figuring out the bus system has saved my life. After downloading the Connect Transit app and getting the hang of the routes, everything else was a piece of cake. I transferred to Illinois State knowing nothing about the area, the people, and especially nothing about the public transportation here. Using the connect transit app helped me learn more.

My first day riding with Connect Transit was one to remember. I was definitely intimidated, but after greeting the bus driver and swiping my card, I knew I could handle it. Everything was so much easier than I thought, and the ride didn’t last too long either! All it took was one simple pull of the cord against the window to take me where I needed to be. Getting to my destination wasn’t the hardest part. It was the getting back part that I really struggled with.

After the daily twenty minute walks from campus to my house, I had finally had enough. I knew there was a way for me to get back if I figured it out with Connect Transit. One day, I decided to figure everything out. After finding the opposite route and speaking with the bus driver, I knew I was in the right place to get home.

Riding the bus is only as scary as you make it. Have some confidence in yourself, take the bull by the horns and take an adventure with Connect Transit by mapping out your day. With the touch of a button, you can map out your destinations and ride with Connect Transit to take you where you want to go. So say goodbye to Ubers and carpooling and say hello to Connect Transit where riding is simple!

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