In Service To Others

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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I recently stumbled across a lecture online regarding the joy of service, whether it be through our jobs, volunteering, or everyday acts of kindness. It served as an excellent reminder to me that in this world full of selfishness, where everyone is out for themselves, that there are still those among us who are more than willing to offer a helping hand. They’ve found that by uplifting others, they are able to uplift themselves as well.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”  -Denzel Washington

Searching the world that’s presented through the media, it truly seems that we’ve forgotten there’s a definition of humanity that’s more than just the state of being human. It is to be compassionate, sympathetic, generous in behavior or disposition: the state of being humane. It has nothing to do with quid pro quo. There’s nothing in it for you, except the joy of helping someone in need. Isn’t that enough?

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” -Sir Winston Churchill

It’s time to feel good about what we do. I’m not just in service to my boss at work, but also to my coworkers, and to our clients. I am in service to our vendors, just as much as they are in service to me. I am in service to the road-raged driver cutting through traffic that I slow down for to allow them entrance. I am in service to my kids whether they are excited or sad about their day and want to share. I look around and see all these opportunities – chances to change people’s day for the better. I’m so grateful for every one of them.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” -Rabindranath Tagore

 

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