I love self reflection, personal growth, and anything that helps me to improve my life and the lives of others around me. I love to serve, it’s just who I am. It’s also my “sweet spot”. Helping others just feels right. I seem to have passed this onto my kids as well. They love to help others in need, and get lots of help in return. You truly get back what you put out.
I’ve traveled all over the world, and the one thing that most people have in common is the need to feel like they matter. Serving others is one way that I’ve observed others meeting this need. Taking the time to help someone out when they are struggling is a surefire way to have blessings returned to you. When you help someone without wanting anything in return, help arrives when you need it. You don’t even have to ask most of the time. It’s just, there.
Everyone you meet is wearing a “make me feel important” sign. Being aware of this will help you: compliment people, smile, give when and where you can, and create an overall sense of well being. This comes from the heart. Even when someone wrongs you, you should still try to look at things from their point of view. You don’t know what kind of day they’re having, let alone what’s going on in their lives. So, cut people some slack. You may be the only person that they come into contact with today that’s even remotely positive. So, make someone’s day. Bless them with a smile.
I don’t know about you, but I feel better after I’ve done something nice for someone not expecting a thing in return. A couple of years ago, I was in line at the grocery store. There was a man that didn’t have enough money for his groceries. The poor guy had a cast on one arm, and on one leg. He was staring at his purchases trying to figure out what to put back. So, I asked the cashier how much it was. $22 was the exact total. Guess what? It was exactly what I had on me in cash. So, I paid for his stuff. He had essentials: bread, milk, eggs, etc… For me it was no biggie, but he couldn’t thank me enough. And, because I paid it forward, a lady rushed up to me afterwards and gave me $10 for helping him. She thought what I did was awesome and felt I deserved half the money back. I wasn’t going to take it, but she insisted. She wanted to pay if forward as well.
Why did I do it? Because he looked like he had been in a car accident and obviously couldn’t work in that condition. So, I knew it was the right thing to do. This guy was in need, and I was able to help. Pure and simple. In the end, that $22 helped him to get much needed supplies for a man who was hungry. When you give from the heart, you get much more in return. For the rest of that day, I felt like I made a difference. That was good enough for me. No, I never saw that guy again, but I hope that he has paid it forward.
Serving people go out of their way to help others, not for rewards, or recognition. They do it because it makes them feel good inside. They respect their fellow man. They feel that everyone deserves to be treated well. And, they do it because they know that a giver has a richer life than a taker. Givers make the world a better place. We remember the givers for who they are, not just what they do. So, learn to serve people, and you’ll make a real difference.