No matter what our motivations for serving are today, what if we ground our desire to serve in love and compassion? When we serve and give in love, we cast our eyes on meeting the needs of other people, AND we make sure that we have the capacity to do the giving. Serving in love shifts our perspective away from our need to please the other person to a desire to help the other person from the goodness of our heart. We commit only to what is ours to do and what we have enough time and energy to follow through on.
We are honest about our limitations in fulfilling the need and when we are unable to help, we verbalize this with kindness and compassion. If possible, we might offer to help at a later time, or in a different way than they requested. If, however, we know that we are not the right person to help for any reason, we say “no” with love. Serving from the heart removes the discomfort and eliminates the feeling that we should help just because they asked and creates a better situation for everyone involved.
- What are your motivations for serving today?
- What would it look like for you to ground your desire to serve more deeply in love, compassion, and kindness?
- How could this help you more effectively balance your desire to meet the needs of others AND be sensitive to your own needs and limitations?