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.
It spoke to me, maybe it will to you too?
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.
I don’t usually blog on Thursday’s. In the past I have tried to blog on a Tuesday and Friday, but due to circumstances this has not always happened! But I have decided to try to be more regular again.
I am down a blog or two so I am taking the liberty to write one today as these thoughts are bubbling away and I hope they may be encouraging for some of you.
Recently I read the sentence “May you have the courage to be small”. This has provided a lot of encouragement for me personally over the last week.
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Last night I attended a lecture where Julio Licinio was speaking about depression. He spent time showing clips and listing many famous people who had committed suicide. They had everything available to them, but there was such desperation. His point was that there needs to be more research on the cause and treatment of depression, in fact he has declared ‘war on depression!’
Interestingly today I was reading “The Minimalist” that was looking at the excesses of life and the lack of happiness that they bring. So often in our society we think ‘things’ are going to make us happy and yet more and more it seems to not be quite this way. If you have time it is a challenging read, but I have include a few quotes from it.
Harvey Mackay once said, “If you can afford a fancy car, you can make more of an impact driving an ordinary one.”
Gandhi said “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”
Often times, it is those who live quietly, humbly, and in the service of others who are the happiest.
Admire success. But do not praise excess. Our society is longing for people who can tell the difference.
May you have the courage to be small.
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Thanks for reading Rxx
My pantry had become a mess. It was way past time for a cleanup. I checked the ‘best before’ date and found one from 1997! I have sorted one shelf and that is a great start.
A couple of my boys helped me and I gave them the job of fitting the spices into the new spice rack which was a lovely hand-me-down from my sister. It took them awhile. Tonight as my husband was putting some shopping away he commented:
“Josiah showed me the new spice rack. He gave me the full tour explaining what went where and why. He was obviously very proud of what he had done.”
Serving others is such a beautiful thing. The researchers in Positive Psychology know that when we serve others, when we put others as more important than ourselves, then all sorts of positive emotions flow!
I came across this quote in my reading today:
“Has there been someone to whom you’ve been meaning to return to serve? Take steps today towards making it happen.” (There is an interesting story that goes with it, take a look!)
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Sometimes we have to purposely think to serve, while at other times it comes more easily.
With children we sometimes have to give them opportunities to serve and to ask them to help.
Serving is great for the soul!
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