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The Art of Service

One of the most exciting aspects of being human is our ability to reach out to other human beings — to be of service to others when it is needed most.

Mahatma Gandhi once wrote, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

I learned this to be true many years ago when I was offered the opportunity to lead mission trips to various countries around the world, and quickly learned the power of serving others. Because of the amazing experiences I’ve had, I am now committed to helping others experience the same sense of fulfillment.

If you’ve been on the fence about getting involved and pouring your energy into serving others, here are four excellent reasons to go for it:

1. Being of service fuels your being with energy. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing people you’ve helped thrive because of the action you’ve taken.

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others,” said Albert Schweitzer long ago.

When we are fused with our true purpose in life (serving others), our minds and bodies become energized and nearly anything becomes possible.

2. Those in need feed off your energy. When we give of ourselves, those we help gain strength and a new sense of purpose. Your willingness to serve may lead those you’ve come in contact to do the same.

Your loving kindness has the power to create a rippling effect — one that will lead others to live lives of security and happiness.

3. Service leads you to meet amazing people and new opportunities. Once you get started, you just may wonder why you didn’t begin a life of service earlier.

Each and every project I’ve been involved with has led me to create unbreakable bonds with both team members and those I’ve served. Plus, each experience tends to lead to more experiences down the road.

4. Serving puts things into perspective. We human beings tend to gravitate toward the path of least resistance. This includes trying to shield ourselves from things that are painful, scary, or ugly.

Diving into a service project is rarely pretty, and it will most likely leave you feeling uncomfortable at times. However, they will help you grow in ways you never thought possible. You quickly realize that life can get much, much worse than you ever knew. But thankfully, your willingness to help can make all the difference in the world for others.

The time is now. Don’t put it off! Pour yourself into finding the right service opportunity for you, and you’ll be amazed at what transpires in your life. If you have any questions about getting started, I’d love to answer them. Drop me an e-mail at stephanie@hoperoadus.ngo.

Stephanie Flynn

President and Founder at HopeRoad Foundation
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