Monday, August 22, 2011

~ Serving Your Community ~

I subscribe to the DailyOM and the topic today is "Giving The Gift of You".... 

Being of service to our community is part of being a good citizen of the planet earth.
To live harmoniously, we need to be supportive and helpful to all people, creatures, and plant life that share this earth with us. While “being of service” is part of being a good citizen of the world, it also feels good to help others. When we do something for others in service, without the expectation of anything in return, we are turning our actions into offerings.

There are many ways to be of service to our community. There are the obvious and much needed volunteer opportunities, such as serving Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter, mentoring our youth, or cleaning up a beach. Then, there is the kind of service that we may not even think of as being acts of service. Learning a new language (perhaps sign language) so that you can talk to more people is a way to reach out to others. Inviting someone who isn’t motivated enough to exercise on their own to join you on your daily walk is a way to give of yourself. Sharing flowers or vegetables from your garden, organizing a poetry reading, offering to babysit for a busy parent, or donating pet food to an animal shelter all are simple ways to offer your services to your community.

There are many ways that you can serve the world. Imagine the impact we would have on the environment if we picked up one piece of trash off the street everyday and chose not to drive our car once a week. Even gardening tactics such as throwing wildflower seeds onto a vacant lot can brighten the lives of others – including the lives of birds and insects. Everyday, you can do something to make this world a better place. During meditation, ask for guidance on what you can do to be of service. This can be a wonderful way to start your day. Smiling at a stranger who looks down in the dumps or teaching your
neighborhood kids how to whistle will impact someone’s day or even their life. Giving of yourself is the best gift that you can give.

xoxo
Pat

11 comments:

Barbara F. said...

Hi Pat, I am a hospice volunteer, but currently taking some time off due to chronic fatigue and generally feeling blah.... not much to be done for it. Hospice is rewarding, I just didn't want to stuff envelopes all day in the office and unfortunately my wish was to visit patents in nursing homes or the home setting, but most are unconscious or they pass so quickly, once while giving me the name of a patient, the director got a call saying they had passed. I have also shown up to visit a patient and saw the bed stripped down, etc. It is not easy, but it was something I thought about all the time the last year I was working, and knew I wanted to do this in retirement. I will go back, just not sure when. xo

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm anxious to see what people suggest. I too feel as if I'm searching for something. I seemed to be so useful in our last community and can't quite find a place that needs me here. I miss it.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

I get the Daily OM too Pat. I love the messages..always inspiring and thought provoking. I really want to help out this year with something for kids and holidays, etc. Even a homeless shelter would be a great service. I do volunteer my time at school, and now band, but I can do more!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Love this inspring post. I have had a plan that I haven't carried out yet to help some people in need, I need to just do it. :)

Julie Harward said...

Nothing like service...as we serve others, we are serving Him. Our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (the Mormons) just had a world wide service day last Tuesday. Everyone got together in Ward's (their areas) and went all day and night doing service for others. Helping chop wood for winter, helping people move in or out, cleaning up the community etc. I love these days but this church is always serving every day, not only in communities but in the world. That is as it should be. :D

pollydove said...

Hi Pat! Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello! It's always fun to discover new blogs, isn't it? Great message here about service! As a single mom (I know, YOU know) it seems like we are constantly serving our children ... but that is truly where my greatest joy lies! I try to help friends whenever I can as well as reaching out to those who may just need that little something - I have bought food several times for people living on the street, and it just does my heart good!

Valene Marie said...

What a great post! I like to give my time to our Church. I have also volunteered at our Sheriff's station and am going to start volunteering at our local domestic violence woman's shelter/outreach (that's close to my heart because I wish more people would have been there for me when I needed that!).

I hope you have a wonderful week Pat :)

Cottage and Broome said...

Hey Pat, what a lovely post. Glad to be reminded that the the small things in life count and can make a difference. I park my car for the summer, I am lucky I live in small town and walk every where, library, grocery store, etc. On my walks I often pick up trash, keep a pocket full of change to put in parking meters for people, buy from local stores and farmers market. Donate books, magazines, and clothing locally. Our favorite bigger project is to adopt a family the holidays (usually a single mom with a daughter). It is always a little heart breaking to see what they have asked for, the basics, shoes, winter coats, etc. Over thanksgiving weekend my daughter and I finish shopping for them and wrap their gifts together. All small things but I hope they added up. Mom from Cottage and Broome

laurie said...

what an inspitation this is,, thank you sharing for this,

Nancy said...

Hi Pat! This is a wonderful, inspiring and thought provoking post. I believe there are so many ways to serve and help others. Honestly, I believe that practicing loving others is the best service of all. Love is really a choice and not just a feeling. It's sometimes hard to love people, especially when they've wronged you, but it is a great way to serve, in my opinion, all of humanity. There can never be too much love in the world!

Hugs,

Nancy

housedressingblog.blogspot.com said...

Hi Pat, Thanks for posting this, and reminding us that there is ALWAYS SOMETHING we can do to help another. Big or small... everything benefits from a little TLC.