Anyone who knows me, knows how guilt-prone I am. I can't say "no" to anyone or any situation. And, I get worse with age. Lately, I've been volunteering to do things I have no idea how to do. "Ummm, sure we can borrow a truck from Joe and tow all your possessions to Phoenix... what size is the hitch??? that depends, what's a hitch???" - Good times!!!
I especially always say "yes" if it involves a church calling that happens to be mine. Except once!
Last year, when I was a Ward Missionary, my leader, Mike, sent out this email to myself and the 6 other ward missionaries. The email, in effect, talked about some octogenarian who needed 24-hour care for some reason. He asked us if we could take turns caring for this old man (who he'd never even met, by the way). The only task necessitating assistance was CHANGING THE OLD GUYS DIAPERS! - No joke! Then he threw in, "it would be a great missionary opportunity." I wish I could find the email. I tried, really I did. And, I can't imagine why I would have deleted it. Maybe it did so in an attempt to avert my guilt, because I said "no". Call me mean, if you must, but I don't think my gag reflex or future posterity would have survived that task. Eeeww!
I thought that was the oddest job request ever. Until... my old roommate Aubrey sent me this little gem! I think it's pretty much tantamount to the "missionary opportunity" I so cavalierly denied. Her sister just moved to Arizona. Her husband is in Medical School. They are dirt poor and so she started looking for a job. She decided to try the classified section on Craig's List. This is what she found. Again, no joke.
Subject: models needed (Scottsdale) From: email@example.com
Subject: gynecology models needed (Scottsdale)
Gyn models are needed March 10th from 11-1 at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Medical Center in Scottsdale, AZ. Students will be learning diaphragm fittings; each model will have 5-10 students, depending on the number of models. Compensation is $25/hour.
Original URL: http://phoenix.craigslist.org/vol/281619485.html
OH MY GOSH! - Well at least it pays $25/Hour. My "missionary opportunity" was voluntary!