Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Life Of Service Is A Life Of Joy

A Life Of Service Is A Life Of Joy
As we begin 2013, there is much to think about in the days and months ahead.  Of course, if you survived the Mayan apocalypse, then there is much to look forward to in this upcoming year.  I do say the Mayan Apocalypse with some sarcasm in the air.   To me, there is much more to do and much to focus on, then most of us inhabitants ponder in our day.

We can continue to focus on divisive issues of the day from politics to religion to personal beliefs or we can focus on the higher realms where we are actually serving each other in this universe.  It is easy to get caught up in the latest news story and debate of the day, but in the end it becomes nothing more than spinning your tires in a mud hole.

As I look at my own life ahead, I have been seeing for some time, the sentiment that life is about asking how we can serve and help others.  It isn't about what most of us deem to be important.  It isn't about how much wealth we can gain at the expense of others we interact with in our day.  It isn't about us staying unconscious to all that exists in life.  It is not about following new age beliefs that are not grounded in truth or failing to search for further awareness in our life.  

This following quote sums up what our view and focus should be in this world, regardless of the job or role you are called to do. I really love this quote because it says so much in just a few simple words.

I slept and dreamed that life was joy.
I awoke and found that life was but service.
I served and discovered that service was joy.
- - Written by Rabindranath Tagore

If we desire joy in the days ahead, let us look to how we can serve others.  It doesn't mean you have to sell all your possessions and live among the poor.  It doesn't mean you cannot earn a living or make a life for yourself.  However, if your sole focus is on gaining material possessions and service is an after thought, than you may want to stop and re-evaluate the priorities in your life.  

For when we offer ourselves in service to this world, it is then that we not only find joy, but we find balance.  When we lift each other up and look for the common good in those around us, it is then that we find our own good and our own strength.  As you find that a life of service is a life a joy, so too will you discover what life truly is. 

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