Wonderful Wednesday- Service to Others


“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ~ Anne Frank


Life is so good. Life is valuable. Life is made up of harmonious strands of events and it’s easy to just drift through it. Somewhere in the primordial drifting, we reflect on our existence. Why are we here? What do I want to be remembered for? Me? I want to be remembered for helping others, yeah my name up in lights would be great. But the amazing feeling you get when you step out of your ego and do something good for someone else is immeasurable. It’s a simple concept and powerful to the recipient of your kindness but unfortunately not practised enough. People have become as selfish in giving, as they are in their attitudes.


“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

~ Winston S. Churchill


As you think back through your own life and about the random acts of kindness people have done for you, those memories are life altering. How is something that is so simple to do (a smile, a compliment, going out of your way to do something helpful or unexpected) be so powerful? And why are those simple acts so random, underutilised and not acted upon daily in life on a whole? Is it from upbringing? Peer conditioning or just plain selfishness of the ego?


What if each of us did a little bit to help shift this paradigm from negativity to positivity through small and unexpected acts of kindness? Bob Perry said, ‘Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.’ Simple acts of kindness make the world a better place and it’s cheaper than a bottle of your favourite brand of water because it’s free! We all share this planet, some of us may be separated by water, borders, religion, language, race, gender. But we all share the commonality of being a part of the human race for which there is no separation and there is no better gift that you can give than the service of self.


~Happy Wednesday 🙂


©Etta D. Richards


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