By: Sharon Bryson, M.Ed.
People and events obviously impact our lives during various periods of change and growth, but the way we approach those encounters—at least initially—can depend on the ‘season’ of life we are in.
A number of years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to dedicate much of my time towards building relationships and being part of a number of professional volunteer activities, including several with the Association Executives of North Carolina. As much as I enjoyed being involved, my focus shifted—my priorities became my aging parents, my growing child, and an evolving NCACPA workplace. My personal ‘seasons’ have since come full circle, and once again I have the opportunity to return to one of my great passions—volunteering.
I encourage everyone to give themselves the gift of volunteering—it is truly one of the highest returns on investment you can get. I also strongly believe in waiting for the right time to give back. Quite simply, give the gift of your time when you have it to give. Whenever you invest your time, there is always a concession to be made here and there, but it’s only worth it as long as it doesn’t take away from your core priorities. For me, those core priorities are my family, my health, my career, and an overall quest for balance in my life. The lessons I’ve learned are to be patient and give back in your own time—but when the time is right, don’t squander the wonderful opportunity to serve!
Speaking of service, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in NCACPAs’ third annual CPA Day of Service which took place Friday, September 19. Because of your efforts, the statewide activities were a huge success and have surely made an impact on the benefitting charities. We sincerely appreciate our dedicated members and the time and effort you so generously give.
If timing wasn’t on your side during this year’s CPA Day of Service, know that we always have opportunities available for you to volunteer and serve in your community. Not to mention, there’s always next year, and it’s never too late to embrace the wonderful gift of volunteerism!
Sharon Bryson, M.Ed., COO of NCACPA, is responsible for overall operations, including oversight relating to the Communications, Finance & Administration, and Professional Development Departments. She also works closely with the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Nominating Committee to bring association goals to fruition. Sharon is the current Chair of the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC). She received both her undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.