Maybe you have served your country (and for that I thank you with deepest gratitude).
Maybe you have served your community: your city, a favorite organization.
Maybe you are serving your friends and family, because, after all “charity begins at home.”
In many ways, you are serving your self and your soul on this journey we call life.
But what does it mean to Serve?
“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
Each of us has a capacity to serve in some way. There are those who serve on a grand scale, and those who focus their service on a few select people. While the way in which we act is important, for our actions to be of service they must originate from a certain attitude of service.
Our actions come from the heart.
Service is a way to show gratitude and compassion.
I am deeply grateful for my family. They are a joy and a challenge, and the most important people in my life. Their happiness and growth and well-being are of utmost importance to me. Their joy becomes my joy, their suffering becomes my suffering. Out of my compassion and love and gratitude for them, I do what I can to make their lives better.
Service is doing what is need-full in the moment.
My husband is a physician; he works in both the hospital and in hospice.
I asked him once, “How do you do it? In the ‘morning’ you are working to help people live. In the ‘afternoon’, you are helping people transition from this life?”
He said, “There is no difference. I do what is needful.”
Service is borne out of selflessness.
In doing what is needful for another, I put aside myself or my agenda in order to be fully present to another’s need, to be able to listen and respond. To give what I can with what I have: maybe I can write a $1,000 check; maybe I give $1 to the man on the corner; maybe I can lend a shoulder to cry on; maybe today it’s all I can do to hold the door for another and smile.
“When we serve, we see the unborn wholeness in others; we collaborate with it and strengthen it.
Others may then be able to see their wholeness for themselves for the first time.”
~ Rachel Naomi Remen
Service works best when I am me and you are you.
Namaste. This is a sanskrit term that roughly translates to: “that which is divine in my recognizes and greets that which is divine in you.” That which is divine in us is that which makes us whole and worthy and loved. If we can see these things in ourselves and in others, everything we do then has the potential to serve both our own and the collective highest good.
~ Invitation ~
Notice that you are probably serving more people than you realize.
Whose candle have you helped to burn a little brighter by shining your own light
and sharing it with them?
I am a wife and a mom, a yogi, an artist, and a writer… but not always in that order! I tend to think in collage and have trouble starting my day without coffee (black). I am a contemplative and a seeker on this wonderful, odd trip that is this human life. I love to have adventures and detest fences of any kind. Dedicated to my journal, I blog part-time at www.vignettesfrommylife.blogspot.com