When is the last time you consciously took time to do something for someone else. I mean that you thought about it, and went through with it… served someone else. We get caught up in our own drama sometimes, it’s difficult to realize we could be helping someone else. Rather it be calling an old friend for coffee (and yes picking up the tab), helping someone out at work (even if you are stressed out of your mind), or making it a point to volunteer this month and head to a shelter or a community gathering. I challenge you to serve someone else this month.
We tend to forget how powerful it is to share the human experience of lifting someone else up above ourselves. Or simply taking the time to let another person know, you are worth my time. If you can think back in your life there may be a time when someone has helped you, been there for you, or had some exceptional advice. Do you remember how great it felt to be supported?
You don’t need special gifts to serve someone else. But if you have some you think would be useful to another person than go for it! It is such a necessary humbling experience to put others before ourselves (we often gain more from the experience), to give without expecting anything in return. People can become more genuine and free. The idea of doing something for someone else may sound burdensome or overbearing at the moment, and if so, this is the moment you got to serve! The joy comes in the act of doing. Once you are out in the world helping out you will feel great. Your focus shifts from the self, and you realize there is a whole world out there and people need to know they are loved.
Here are some ideas of how to serve:
Help kids out at a local game
Participate in serving food at a local shelter
Head to a local animal shelter (they always need supplies and volunteers!)
Help a neighbor with some yard work or any chores, spend time to talk to them about their life
Collect clothes or money, items for those in need
Write a letter to a soldier overseas
Pick up trash that isn’t yours
Write words of encouragement (disperse as you would like)
Share your faith
Offer a service free of charge for someone who might need it
Take time with someone to hear them out
Donate your hair
Visit a senior center
Show up at a hospital just to talk to those going through a hard time (even hand out little precious gifts or notes)
Love a complete stranger and start a conversation with them
Buy a homeless individual a warm meal
Help someone learn their second language
Teach someone a useful skill you know
Try to be true to your endeavor. The intent is for you to give something to someone, an unconditional gift showing kind humanity still exists. 🙂 May happiness be on your journey.
If you have anymore suggestions, post them in the comments below. Share how you plan to serve.