Li Ming took a moment to sort his thoughts on the matter and then told her about what he had found throughout the last week. “Knowing all of that, I feel that you weren’t wrong. This would be something I’d like to do. At the very least, I would imagine so after everything I read. Actually doing it should still be somewhat different, especially since this will depend on the exact charity I could find work at.”
Rong Xiang nodded. “That’s true. As I said last week, I’d be willing to take you along to have a look at my current place of work. We have often volunteers that help out for some time so it’s not odd for somebody new to come and have a look. If you’re unsure and my boss allows it, you could even work with us for a while and try out if this is really something for you. Of course, that is if you have the time.”
Li Ming laughed. “I guess that is the question. Well, there are a few more weeks until the current courses stop. If we don’t start with yours immediately, I could use the time in between to give it a try. Or, if it’s only for a few hours, I could probably help out on my free days.”
Rong Xiang shrugged her shoulders. “I can’t tell you what is better. You are pretty busy and it won’t do to stretch yourself thin. I’d say just take some time to think it through. In the meantime, I’ll ask my boss if it’s alright to bring you. Who knows? He might even know somebody who could use a helping hand permanently.”
Li Ming smiled. “That would make matters really easy for me.”
Honestly, since the day he had gotten the call from Duan Zhi Hao and met Zhu Yi for the first time, he felt that his life had really gotten easier. Of course, there had been a few setbacks but overall, it really seemed like everything was going in the right direction.
Not only had the courses with Zhu Yi worked out even better than he had originally hoped for, but there might now even be a chance to almost completely focus on this. Plus, both Zhu Yi and Rong Xiang were willing to help him out with finding a job even outside of the courses he was doing with them so he wouldn’t have to overwork himself or take a major financial loss. What could he call himself if not lucky to have such friends?
Li Ming gave himself a moment to really think about it and finally nodded. “Then how about this? You can ask your boss what he would prefer. Both if he’s willing to let me work with you for a while as a volunteer and also how he would prefer me to do so. Then I will just do whatever that is.”
Rong Xiang raised her brows and collected the documents behind them at the same time, putting them back into the folder where she had gotten them from. “Are you sure about that? If it’s too much …”
Li Ming shook his head though. “I know what you mean but I’m not worried about that. Anyway, since Zhao Chen and I broke up I have more time again. Plus, this is important to me. I really want to give it a try.
“Even if I have to lose a bit of sleep or work out a bit less, it’s alright. Anyway, it’s just for a few weeks, right? I don’t think he’d just employ me straight off the bat. Even if he would, I could still quit my other job. At most, that would only be thirty days of needing to do both.”
Rong Xiang nodded, feeling more reassured when he put it like this. “I guess you’re not wrong either. In that case, I’ll ask him tomorrow. The sooner we get this sorted, the easier it’ll be to plan the course.” She knocked on the folder in front of her and smiled brightly. “Honestly, I know I’m being a bit selfish here but I really want this to work out. So if you could find a new job soon, I’d be ecstatic.”
Li Ming shook his head and chuckled. “You don’t have to feel selfish for this. You might think that the two of you are roping me into doing this only for your own benefit but … I want to do this. I mean, at the end of the day, it’s a job and even one that I like.
“Plus, I get to work with two people I get along with really well. What is there to complain about?” He leaned back, thinking of his current job at the hotel and the previous one at the railroad station. “I’ve always been more concerned with how I get along with the people working with me than with the job itself.
“Of course, I also wanted my job to be something I felt was right for me. Something that I can do without being a burden to others, where I can maybe even actively add to the productivity or the quality or whatever else there was to enrich. Overall though, there are few things I wouldn’t do.
“Working for a charity … Even though I like being a security guard, I believe that this might be better suited for me. I mean, I like working with people, I like to help … being motivated like that should only make me do a better job, right?”
He shook his head and sighed. “If you want to call yourself selfish for pulling me into this, then I guess you would have to say the same about me. I say that I want to do something that will give back to other people. But in the end, am I not doing this for myself? It’s so I have a job I’ll like and feel better about what I’m doing with my life. That’s pretty selfish.”
Rong Xiang smiled, feeling that she really shouldn’t have worried. “I guess if doing charity can be counted as selfishness, it would be good if everyone in the world was this selfish.” She shook her head and laughed but then turned serious again. They hadn’t discussed all aspects yet, after all.
“Seriously though, have you thought about the specific direction you want to go into if you change careers? There are a lot of things you can do in the charity sector. Not just in regard to what the charity does but also in regard to what your position in the organization would be. Both are questions you should ponder before getting into this. It’ll make the start much easier.”