We spend or will spend the majority of our lives working. We all work for different reasons.
To Find fulfillment.
To put bread on the table.
To have something for retirement...the golden years!
To have money to do the things we “really” love to do.
All valid reasons.
How about work as a form of worship? STOP! Before you dismiss it.. I invite you to stay in this moment with me. And explore for just 5 minutes.
Work done in the spirit of service to humanity is worship to God.
I want to invite you to expand your idea of work and service.
Find your purpose!
For some it is like chasing a rainbow. For others like an endless journey. This only has two outcomes. Either you can say “ I did what I was meant to do or I didn’t do what I was meant to do.” It can leave us elated or deflated. Needy or fulfilled. Wanting or content.
Don’t we all want to be fulfilled, have a deep sense of purpose and feel connected? I know I do.
What if it did not matter if we found what we were “meant to do?” What if we were a carpenter, doctor, lawyer, artist, plumber, mother, father, barista, baker….Our purpose was the same: to serve humanity. Our fulfillment would come from acts of kindness. Helping others and contributing to the well-being of those around us.
Service to humanity.
What images come to your mind?
Red cross and catastrophe relief.
Speaking out against racial, religious and economic injustices.
Helping your neighbor.
Taking care of loved ones.
Volunteering to help the poor, the orphaned, the disabled.
Cleaning up our neighborhoods.
Raising money to cure a disease.
In his book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman explains that helping others can improve our own lives: He says: we scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.
The brain of a person who is giving to others lights up far greater than the person who is receiving. The teacher receives 90% of the benefits and the student receives 10%. The universe is hard wired for its true purpose:service.
My job as a mother. I can walk around feeling unfulfilled that I have to drive all over town, delegate house hold chores, keep the house clean,get groceries, do the laundry…
ALL tasks I do not enjoy!
When I shift and see what I am doing as service to my family, my enjoyment ,satisfaction and sense of purpose sky rockets!
When I prepare for a presentation, I can let my ego creep in or take over. I can think this is “my time to shine and show what I know” or I can shift and think “ how can I be of service to the listeners? How can they walk away getting what they need to feel empowered.
Regardless if our work is our our passion, what we were meant to do or not. How can we plug into this energy, this force when we do our jobs, businesses or careers?
Let’s ponder together on how a connection with service to others through the work we do can create immediate opportunities to help and connect with others and a chance to make a difference every day.
How can we clean the window, attend to our patients, listen to our clients, conduct our research, prepare the latte, study or any other myriad of activities with the intention that you are being of service to others?
How can we weave it in our day?
What adjustments do you need to make with our intention? Motives? Ego?
How does that pattern start changing when we start thinking that no matter what I am doing I can infuse the spirit of service in my work.
Serving others is a form of connecting with the divine our higher power, and universe. They are all the same.
Work done in the spirit of service is worship.
p.s. Great read and case studies on giving in the work place: Give and Take by @Adam Grant https://www.facebook.com/profadamgrant .
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