Chad and family in Haiti on a service mission April 2012
Ghandi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Most of us are extremely fortunate. Though we can easily get caught up in the daily struggles of our own lives and families, we truly have so much to be grateful for.
Only when we think beyond ourselves and show compassion for others can we really share the gifts of our abundance.
We can achieve personal gratification as well, by performing acts of unselfish kindness and generosity, acts that validate your good fortune, that give true meaning to your lives. These acts will not only sustain you in your life, but will dignify the lives of others.
No positive acts are insignificant, and no person in need of assistance is too lowly for your time and attention. Unselfish service is marked by humility, a hard-to-find trait in this age of arrogance and presumption.
We need not squander the moments in our lives when we have the opportunity to make a difference. I believe we have a moral obligation to serve others, to create, and to deliver goods and services that make life better for others.
If we can go into the world and serve others, we can give meaning to life itself. It’s in these moments that we forget about ourselves, and apply our energy with such a positive strength that goodness comes from it.
Many times, service to others is a thankless job, yet it remains a reward in itself. Serving is a way to give back that’s actually meaningful and shows that we’re thankful.
By doing for others, the world becomes a better place. It also holds personal value, as it will prove to be a boost for your self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction.
There is a natural sense of accomplishment, a sense of pride and identity. If everyone could make a conscious effort in making a real difference in the lives of others, the world would be a much more harmonious place.
True fortune isn’t a dollar amount in a bank account; it’s the feelings of abundance that grow from gratitude, joy, and compassion. We have the choice to shine our light of compassion today and every day.
At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”