Tuesday, 25 April 2017

One Day At A Time #essentialsofrecovery


SERVING OTHERS

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. ”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m not sure when I learned about giving service to others … it seems like a long time ago. There’s a feeling one gets deep inside when we do something to help others that makes us know we want to keep that feeling coming forever.

I believe our Higher Powers give us certain gifts. Maybe they’re all put in a large bag and when we’re born, HP distributes them … sort of like one reaches in a grab bag at parties. I do know that everyone I have ever met has some soft of gift … something that they do that comes easily and becomes something they get very good at doing. When they start giving others this gift, they get even better at doing what they do … and that “feeling” inside begins to grow.

I was given three gifts: music, listening to others and writing. Music was the first gift I was aware of and I spent my life sharing it. In adulthood I learned I had another gift ~ the gift of being able to listen. I realized that a lot of people don’t feel “heard.” When I spent my time listening to others, I realized I was giving them a gift. Now I get that same special feeling I had when I performed in front of many people as I quietly sit and listen to someone pour out their heart to me. Finally, there came a time when I began to write … and that same feeling emerged when someone would tell me that what I wrote made a difference to them.

I belong to an organization where hundreds of people give their gifts to others each day and I finally learned that there were reasons why so many people devote so much of their lives to service. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out … we serve because we experience that feeling. We serve because it makes us feel good. We serve others because in doing so we serve ourselves.

One day at a time…

Let me continue to serve.

~ Mari 
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