I know I have not written for ages! Apologies! Life has been a tad busy and I have found my reading slipping to the bottom of the list! Tonight I read ‘The Minimalist Newsletter’ by Joshua Becker and have just made a cut and paste of what I loved! In the business of life it is easy to fall into self-protection mode and trample over others. I am so thankful for the reminders this article brought.
The Joy in Giving to Others.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Mohandas Gandhi
I fear we are too easily fooled.
Most people define success, greatness, and happiness in terms of winning out over others. They seek to have power over others, more money than others, and precedence in life over everyone else. The lust for power and riches is common and widespread.
They begin to see the world in the form of a pyramid with the ones on the bottom serving those on the top. Subsequently, they long for that top spot—success, greatness, and happiness is found in winning out over others.
But I am becoming more and more convinced that thinking is all wrong. True happiness is not found in lording authority over others. Instead, the greatest happiness is found in giving our lives to others. Choosing to serve others may actually be the surest pathway to true success and lasting greatness.
When we choose a lower spot on the pyramid, we become more fulfilled and more complete. We become bigger than ourselves. We sleep better at night. We find less stress, less frustration, and greater relationships. We make this world a better place for everyone. And we find a pursuit greater than the material things around us.
Lose yourself in the service of others. It is the quickest way to truly find yourself.