Getting it done

04-05-2012 10:10 AM

Michelle Hines, Ph.D, Mary Kay’s Manager of Skin Care ResearchToday’s post is contributed by Michelle Hines, Ph.D.  Michelle is Mary Kay’s Manager of Skin Care Research.   She serves on Mary Kay’s U.S. Culture Committee, an internal group that teaches Mary Kay’s philosophies and helps keep the unique culture alive.   In this post, Michelle shares her thoughts on helping others.

Last month, I had a chance to participate with the “Day of Beauty” for domestic violence survivors during our Global Month of Service. The day truly touched my heart. Not only because of the women who survived abuse, but also because of the pride I felt for my company and our commitment to help others. Volunteerism. Community Service. Helping Others. It doesn’t matter what you call it. It just matters that you do it.

As a child, my parents always spoke about giving.  My father instilled a favored parable into each of his children. “To whom much has been given, much will be required.” These are words that have guided me throughout my entire life.  I have a responsibility to help others for the multitudes of benefits that I have in my life.

Admittedly, there have been many times when other commitments, responsibilities and obligations have taken a higher priority.  With being a working mom, daughter, sister, friend, scientist and all of the other words that describe me, it can be so easy to get caught up in my daily responsibilities. However, I never lose sight of what is at the core of my soul – helping others. Every day presents opportunities for thousands of small and big moments to help someone.

As a parent, my primary responsibility is to raise my son from a good little boy to be a responsible, great man. I am helping him. As a friend, my role is to be a chief listener for the laughter and the tears. I am helping my friend. As part of Mary Kay’s R&D team, my role is to help ensure that the great products we provide deliver fantastic skin care benefits. I am helping my company.

We all have a chance to help others. It can be a simple gesture like holding a door open for someone or something as big as caring for an elderly loved one.

Again, it doesn’t matter what you do. It just matters that you do it.