I have heard it said many times that our purpose in this life is to serve. This is a wonderful sentiment but I think it is quite incomplete. I would say: “find your joy first, then serve others.” The real value of our offerings in this life is the emotional content that we get to stimulate in others and ourselves. Helping someone find hope, self-love or joy are truly some of the most valuable and wonderful ways to serve. I really think it is the only service that truly matters.
But I remind myself that I can only offer what I already have going on within me. If I am angry or upset, then this is what I have to offer in that moment. So I find my joy and then I can offer something of value. When I am joyful, loving and at peace within myself I have an abundance of offerings to give all that I interact with. But when I do not, my service towards others can feel like slavery.
So what do I mean when I say find my joy? For me it means being in that state of mind where I am appreciating as much of my life as possible. When I can look into my world and all I feel is gratitude for what is before me. And when I look upon another person, I can see who they really are. Not who they may be presenting to the world, but who they truly are on the inside, perfect and complete. Similar to the way I see my daughter when I look at her or the way any parent may see their children, with love.
I know we are all perfectly imperfect. And so for me to hold anything that others may present to the world against them in this life seems hypocritical. So I try to see each person as I see myself on the inside. I recognize my shortcomings but I still see myself as perfectly created, wonderfully imbued with the ability to follow joy in this life, made from the energy of love. And all I am every getting bent out of shape about are how others and myself may be trying to manufacture an experience.
No matter what. When I am loving and joyful I can serve others with great value. And so I find my joy because serving others is really serving myself. We are a collective expressed into this life as individuals. But we are not really separate. We are one. I can act like it. I can try each day be one with my world, my fellow spirits and my life. I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. And so are every single one of you!
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