I’m still …what is the word? “reeling” isn’t exactly it and “sad” is close, so maybe I’ll just say that I’m still thinking about Ferguson and how we got to that place where cities blow up over racial divides and wondering why we are still there and whether there’s anything that can really be done about it. But that topic is for another day. Today, I’m taking refuge in my own sphere, my realm, the place where I can affect events, however small. So this is a post with a bit of a surprise –and a giveaway–in it. So please, read on!
Strive not to be a success but to be of value. ~Albert Einstein
The more I learn about Albert Einstein, the more I like him. His implementation of “being of service” may have been different than ours, but the concept is the same.
I am a big believer that what we put out into the world comes back to us, and service–both big and small–puts out such a positive vibe it surprises me when people don’t take advantage of it. Opportunities to be of service to others are always available, if we just look around.
The soul expands when we do something for another living being.When we make the world a little kinder.
- Did you know that many psychologists recommend that patients going through hard times do volunteer work? That’s right. As Gandhi so wisely observed, the best way to find ourselves is to lose ourselves in the service of others. Yes, yes, we are all busy. And yet, there are so many things we can do that take very little time out of a day. A few examples:
- Send a real card and note to someone who has been sick or shut-in. A card is especially fun for an elderly person to receive. What would that take, five minutes?
- Make an extra serving or two of your evening meal for someone who can’t cook for themselves. How hard is that, really? And then, drop it off.
- Bring light reading to a shut in.
- If you’ve got time, sit and watch a movie with someone who is housebound.
- Drop off a small bouquet of flowers.
- Can you pet sit or walk a dog for someone who is ill?
- Give someone a ride to a doctor’s appointment or grocery store?
- Donate extra household goods to an animal shelter, women’s shelter or homeless organization.
- Buy sweatshirts for the homeless.
- You may not be able to foster a pet, but why not make a donation? In fact, why not make a donation in lieu of holiday gifts this year?
I’m sure you have ideas for being of service, too. I hope you will share them in the Comments section below, so that they might inspire others. Thank you!
By the way, today would have been my parents’ 66th wedding anniversary. My mother died a month after their 50th and my father died a few months before their 60th. Today I’m thinking about all the ways they made the world a little kinder.
Sandy & Sam/November 26, 1948
And in their honor, I’m writing about my friend Kim’s new kindness movement, Plan Be.
She and her husband decided to do something to inject more kindness into the world. If you’d like some Be Kind stickers like the one above, absolutely FREE, they’ll send you some–just visit their kindness website HERE. I got mine and can’t wait to leave them somewhere. Kudos to Kim and Steve for this project which can help change our world!