Choose to be of service to others today. Make today about others. Not as a martyr, but truly giving from a place of service and a desire to help others. Some of you may remember that my word of the year is Service and as we are almost halfway through 2016, I felt it was time to revisit this theme.
Gratitude Tip: Being of service is when we can give to others without an expectation of something in return. It is when we give from our heart with the most positive intentions. Serving others is about showing our love and respect for them, and listening for opportunities to be of service using our own gifts and skills. We can be of service in any moment of our day. How could you choose to be of service today?
I have grown to love the word service and to embrace it. When I ask someone how may I be of service, it comes from a place of love and a true desire to make that person’s live better. My offer of service is vibrating at a different level than it was six months ago. I have had a lot of practice and it’s starting to feel very natural to be of service to others. There are many stories of how Jesus was here to serve and how he taught others to be of service. ‘For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.’ Luke 22:27
Being of service is also about being humble. When we serve others from our hearts, we are putting our ego aside for a moment and truly putting others first because we love them. Let us not mistake being of service with being takes advantage of. It may sometimes feel like we are doing so much for others and they are taking advantage of our kindness and goodwill. When you find yourself feeling this way, stop for a moment and take a closer look at these feelings. Is it because you are expecting something from someone else; for example I did the dishes so I assume you’ll be cleaning the bathroom? Or you offer to help someone in business and give away your services for free, and then expect that they will reciprocate? When we give with expectation, this is not being of service to others. It’s a challenging distinction but worth understand the difference.
When we are truly being of service to others, without ego or expectation, it feels really good. Our hearts are warm and full of love. My friend Kristen Harcourt loves to do random acts of kindness, often with her children. You can tell that she is truly doing it from a place of love, without expectation. After the Orlando massacre, she gave out 50 flowers to strangers to show that we are all connected as human beings. The more of us who lead with service, the more our world will change.
Shift from what can I get from you to how may I be of service to you.
Today, I encourage you to find a way to be of service to others. Perhaps it’s to someone in your family or a random stranger. However you choose, lead with love and drop your ego. Then come back to this blog post and share your experience.
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