We all want to be of service. We want to make a difference.
Yet service can seem like an out of reach goal that is only achieved through long hours of volunteering and great sacrifices.
But it isn’t the enormous undertaking we tend to think of. Service is a spiritual decision to use our lives to improve the experiences of others and it doesn’t have to feel like work.
This week’s intention
Last week, we focused on sparking new thoughts and starting the journey out of a rut.
This week, I want to stay on the idea of new experiences, but focus specifically on reminding ourselves how much impact we can have on the world.
My intention is to serve others and create new thoughts.
Below are 10 easy ways to serve this week in 5 minutes or less. Choose a few and set a goal to get them done. Journal about the thoughts they spark in you.
- Tell someone a joke. Laughter is good for the heart.
- Save someone from a work conversation they aren’t enjoying. “Hey I hate to interrupt, but can I borrow you for two minutes”.
- Contact an elected official via social media to quickly advocate for a cause you believe in.
- Actually take your reusable bags or coffee cup into the store with you.
- Text someone a specific compliment. (e.g. “I admire the work you do.”)
- Plant something.
- Pray for someone.
- Make a small unrestricted online donation to a grassroots charity you believe in.
- Teach someone something. Anything.
- Give someone your undivided attention.
It is often the smallest actions that point us in a new direction. Before you can make your next career steps, it helps to remind yourself that you have the power to change someone else’s world. This will help you discern how you want to use it.
See you next week!
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