Service to others can be so frustrating…. I know because I have been there.
Growing up as a child, amongst 8 children, we were taught to serve one another and have their backs, even when no appreciation is expressed. As I matured, this responsibility grew to others around me. Then I realized the danger of it, the more I served, the more I became vulnerable.
This didn’t deter me from giving to the society what I could. As a Pharmacist, The joy of seeing your patients get well and learning a lot from them, really made me appreciate life and pushed me into various community and humanitarian services that expanded further than I thought. Furthermore, being a Rotarian, has really opened me up to an imperfect world and further equipped me with the ability to be part of a team that gathered resources to put smiles on faces of both familiar people and strangers. Finally, being a catholic has really humbled me, and directed my focus to depend on God for everything, because I know we are not alone and God keeps watching us.
Even Albert Einstein, a renowned Physicist testified that “The more he studied the universe, the more he believed in a higher power”. No matter the profession, the rank, the affluence, the expertise, etc, there is so much out there yet to uncover and we are so limited. I believe in the power of prayer to set things right. There is a sense of belonging, direction and reassurance when we pray.
Each of us have something good we believe in. We have to harness it and develop it. We will grow to love it and through focus, dedication and hardwork, we can direct it into serving others. It means giving back to the society and making the world a better place. Be a value to the system and help transform lives.
When you are there for others, it is okay to expect a reciprocatory action but this does not always happen. In the mist of the ups and downs of life, and even when people don’t appreciate your actions, the few that do, makes up for so much that one is driven to serve more.
Being of service is from the heart and therefore needs to be given voluntarily. It can only be expressed, not described and can only be done in love. It’s a wonderful feeling and worth so much. My experience in volunteering has been filled with tears, laughter, smiles,joy, gratitude, peace, frustration, saddness, etc, and best of all, I have really experienced different facets of life. I am indeed so grateful for such opportunity to think outside myself.
It humbles me and gives a deep sense of contentment….
Mother Teresa quotes: “If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.”