I once read that being of service is to "empty and present yourself as a vessel to be filled and used." While this is a noble sentiment, I believe that life's mysterious and often magical nature leads us to that place where we can best use our gifts and fulfill our truest purpose.
Those who have been held captive are often called to help set others free. Those who have experienced poverty are better able to understand those who struggle to meet their basic needs for love, food and shelter. Those who have endured much pain are able to recognize the pain in others; So, that is where they are best able to serve.
For me, being of service means giving with an attitude of love, honor and joy. It is about opening our hearts to others, without losing essential parts of ourselves in the process. It is not about allowing yourself to be manipulated or victimized. It is not about exchanging your happiness and peace for the happiness of those you love or care about.
While your heart's desire may be to help many, it is equally as important to realize that you can be a blessing to just one other person. From the grandest to the smallest gesture, there is value in each and every act done with kindness and love.
"Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. " ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Love to everyone,