Morning Cup of Joe – Service Oriented

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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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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Success is Service

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Our debt to society is expressed through service. Once we fully understand that the world’s resources are meant to be shared, our need for individual gain lessons. We must learn to not only tolerate but also appreciate one another for our individual contributions to the world around us. Notice I said “contributions”. We must selflessly give of ourselves if we are going to progress as whole. Neither one race nor creed is better than the other; the only race that matters is the human race. We must equally do our part to ensure that our children can grow up in a world free of famine, greed, worry and fear.

The founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, once said “To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.” It certainly is success when we shift our focus from self to focusing on all of the external sources that assist in keeping the world moving. It certainly is success when we seek to help others around us who are less fortunate. It certainly is success when we consciously increase our desire to provide than to obtain. In essence, success is based on doing more for others than the expectation of what others can do for you.

Each year on Thanksgiving and on Christmas, I give of my time and treasure in an effort to serve our less fortunate through various service projects. I do not expect an award nor do I strive for recognition; I simply do my part. My part is giving back. My part is in understanding that the person I am handing a plate of food could’ve easily been me. My part is planting a seed of hope in souls who are thinking about or are on the brink of giving up. Once you understand that we are all connected, it will be easier for you to see pass the surface. Since we are all connected, it is critically important that you understand that we are all links in a continuous chain and the fact of the matter is we are only as strong as our weakest link.

The world is starving for people who care; I encourage you to be the sustenance that satiates her hunger.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Oak Tree

You may not be around to see the tree it will inevitably become but that shouldn’t prevent you from planting the seed. Most of us make the serious error of not investing simply because the return on our investment may take a little longer than we’d like. The investments I speak of are not the same kind of investments you would see on Wall Street yet the mathematics is the same. Invest your time and effort towards improving the lives of others and you will yield incredible returns. Just like investments, some of your returns may not be great and others may take time to get there yet that should not deter you from investing.

Sometimes we have to trust the teacher within. Trust the teacher so much so that you are confident that you have imparted the necessary knowledge that will take the student to the next level. Oftentimes as the teacher we restrict from teaching because we are not sure if the lesson will stay with the recipient. Ask any teacher you know and they will tell you the same, just because a student is not willing to learn doesn’t mean I shouldn’t teach them. In the same token, just because someone is not willing to accept the gift of your efforts doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it to them anyway. You are your brother’s keeper.

Trust that your efforts will make an impact. Trust that what you invest will always yield incredible results. The world needs seed planters like you. The world is starving for folks who aren’t afraid of seeing the promise in someone even if they don’t recognize it themselves. Do not be afraid of putting in the hard work even if someone else is going to get paid. In the end, since we are all connected, we all benefit. If you are not someone who gives of themselves as often as they can, make the conscious effort to change that today! We cannot reasonably expect miracles to happen if we aren’t involved in the creation of the miracle ourselves.

There is so much fertile land amongst the human race and countless people do not recognize the incredible contribution they can make to the world. This is implicitly why we should plant a seed in others with the faith and understanding that one day, with the necessary care, effort and attention, it will grow into the tall oak tree it was destined to become. First, plant the seed.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Do More For Her

Our debt to humanity is expressed through service. Once we fully understand that the world is meant to be shared, our need for individual gain lessons. We must learn to not only tolerate but also appreciate one another for our individual contributions to the world around us. Notice I said “contributions”; we must selflessly give of ourselves if we are going to progress as whole. Not one race or creed is better than the other; the only race that matters is the human race. We must equally do our part to ensure that our children can grow up in a world free from worry, division, war, famine and fear.

The founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, once said “To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.” It certainly is success when we shift our focus from selfish needs to focusing on what we can do for others including all of the external forces that assist in keeping the world moving. It certainly is success when we seek to help others around us who are less fortunate than you may be. It certainly is success when we consciously increase our desire to provide than our need to acquire. In essence, success is based on doing more for others than the expectation of what others can do for you.

Each year around Thanksgiving, Christmas and points before and in between, I volunteer my time, treasure and effort to serve the less fortunate through various service projects. I do not expect an award nor do I strive for recognition; I simply do my part. My part is giving back. My part is understanding that the person I am handing a plate of food to could have easily been me. My part is planting a seed of hope in souls who are thinking about or are on the brink of giving up. Once you understand that we are all connected, it will be easier for you to see past the surface and your ability to shift the focus from how you can benefit to how you can benefit others shifts greatly. Since we are all connected, it is critically important that you understand that we are all links in a continuous chain and the fact of the matter is we are only as strong as our weakest link. Do your part.

The world is starving for people who care; I encourage you to be the sustenance that satiates her hunger.

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Joe Paul

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