Ever since I was a child, I’ve been committed to service. I participate in countless community service events; help build houses with Habitat for Humanity, volunteer to clean up emerging neighborhoods and raise countless dollars for charities like the United Way and my own philanthropy, Toys for Boys. I am reminded of a quote by Shirley Chisholm, “Service to mankind is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this Earth.”
If you are not helping at least one person a day, your rent is overdue. A random act of kindness costs you nothing. The benefits certainly outweigh the costs in this instance. Think back to when a stranger did something for you without you even having to ask. How did that make you feel? That’s exactly the feeling that others feel when you are on the giving end. The entire world benefits when we perform good deeds. Your good deeds could change the course of history. Likewise, doing nothing has the same effect.
Eliminate a selfish attitude and start incorporating a more service-oriented mindset. Shift the focus from you and turn it to others in need; they need it now more than ever. Most people have a “what’s in it for me” attitude which I am certain has not served them well. These people are typically never happy and may never realize their full potential. If you want to be the recipient of good deeds, you must be willing to perform them for others. In fact, you never know if or when the tables may turn so give freely without regret.
Give willingly of your time and/or treasure and watch as your needs and wants start to disappear. Simply, the more you give the more you will receive; the basic law of reciprocity. However, it is imperative that you give without the expectation of receiving, that’s the definition of service.
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