By Jessica Huie
There are many reasons why we should all make being of service our priority. Not just from an altruistic point of view, but also because it’s actually good for our health, leads to fulfilling relationships that work, and is a critical ingredient in the success of our professional lives.
Our connectivity as human beings is the glue that means that when I do for you, I am simultaneously doing for myself.
So to understand and embrace the power of selflessness as a bridge to happiness and purpose, we must consider that rather than individual beings in pursuit of individual outcomes, we are in fact all part of one consciousness.
Therefore the health of the whole impacts the health of the individual – and vice versa.
You don’t need to be spiritual to try on the notion of our connectivity. Simply consider that when you walk into your local coffee shop in a bad mood because you’ve argued with your spouse that morning, your barista doesn’t get your usual smile and picks up on your heavier energy. She doesn’t get your typical uplifting conversation and as a result isn’t left with the same lifted, high-frequency feeling, and so it goes on.
We can be of service on many different levels, from taking responsibility for the energy we bring into the conversations we have and the environments we enter, to actually extending our hand to those in need and using ourselves in a way that makes their life or circumstance better.
We don’t need to sign up to volunteer with our local charity in order to be of service. We can start right now.
In every conversation, switch your focus from “What can I get from this interaction?” to “What do I have to give? How can I be of service in this situation?”
This mind-set shift can be transformative because it’s so at odds with how we have been conditioned to think and live. Raised in a fear-driven world, early on we view the world through a lens of scarcity. Even when we love, it’s often with an expectation of reciprocity.
Developing the habit of being for others is a departure from how most of us have lived for most of our lives.
As you make progress, it won’t take long for you to realize the impact that being of service will have on your life. Stay mindful of who you are being in order to chart your progress in shifting from a self- centered person to one who places service at the heart of their life. Consider the possibility that within selflessness and service, the fulfillment and joy that all of us desperately want to experience awaits.