Monday, January 21, 2013
As humans we have a knack for pulling together and rising up to our potential in the face of adversity; ready to lend a hand to those in need. This experience is often life-changing not only for the ones who are in need but for those who are willing to step into the position of helper. We feel as if we are finally doing something valuable, and this leads us to feeling more self-actualized. We also feel more connected to the people we are helping, as well as more connected to humanity in general. As we expand beyond the boundaries of our individualistic pursuit of happiness there can be a complete reality shift. We often find that it is much easier to be happy when we are motivated in an effort to make the world better in tangible ways, by coming to the rescue of those who are suffering.
Considering the many benefits of this kind of gesture, it is surprising that more of us donít devote our lives, or at least some portion of our time, to serving people in need. It does not mean we must wait for a tragedy to come together, as a community or a nation, and offer ourselves to the world in service. There are many vocations of servitude. Sometimes itís easier, of course, to respond to an event that has just happened rather than to ongoing problems like homelessness, poverty, and illness. But the truth of it is, there is always someone in need of our best efforts either on an individual level or to rally a group of helpers and healers. Even though there are times when we feel discouraged because we feel that these smaller acts and gestures donít generate the same kind of energy and attention from other people as heroic acts in the face of immediate disaster, and perhaps an effort to change this is one way to change the world we all feel the need to be needed.