Service. What does it truly mean to be of service? Do we do it out of the innate desire to help out in times of adversity or because at the end of it all, recognition awaits?
This school year was truly an eye opener as I was able to recognize that service need not come from those with positions, those in higher authority. Anyone can be of service. My organization has given me, among others, the opportunity to be able to reach out and do something for someone other than yourself.
Sure it wasn’t easy. Imagine waking up to a Saturday dedicated to pampering yourself, excessively sleeping on the living room couch, and streaming your favorite TV shows. Those are all simple joys that can easily be done. But choosing to get up from bed at 6:30 am on a Saturday, is already service. Choosing to spend your free time, making less fortunate kids smile and helping a province build their first eco-library, when you could be doing things for yourself, is already service. And honestly, the world doesn’t owe you the recognition for you to do all this. When the desire to help out naturally springs from you, you’re actually not doing it for the betterment of yourself. You’re simply helping the world and making it a better place by being of service.
So choose to serve others- not for yourself but for the world. A little act of kindness can always go a long way. Hold on to that.