The holiday season is upon us, and so are the stresses that come with it. All the shopping, crowding, and lack of parking can test our patience and sanity. Attitudes flare and tempers explode, leaving us caught in a whirlwind of frenetic energy.
What happened to goodwill toward others?
The holidays can bring out the worst in us.
To live harmoniously, we need to be supportive and helpful to others, especially during this time of year when everything is rushed and hectic.
Instead of feeling rushed, we can create a new kind of rush, one that promotes the goodwill that is needed.
Instead of getting caught up in the mob scene of the holidays, why not give the gift of you?
While being of service is part of being a good citizen, it also feels good to help others, especially when we do it without any expectation of anything in return.
Our actions become offerings of love.
However, many times we serve because we were taught that we should serve. We do it to gain good standing in our church or our community. In this sense, we are really only serving ourselves. This kind of serving has no heart.
True serving is much more than meeting the requirements of a community, church, or school project; it is selfless and motivated from a deeper space within us.
There are many ways to be of service, and one may serve in various ways before discovering which area or areas resonate the most and are the most heartfelt. There are the obvious and much-needed volunteer opportunities, such as feeding the homeless or mentoring young people.
But there are other opportunities that we may not even think of as being an act of service.
Running errands for those who aren't able to run them, organizing a group activity like a walking or hiking club, leaving anonymous inspirational notes in neighborhood mailboxes are all simple ways of being of service.
Ask what you can do to brighten the lives of others, especially during this holiday season when many people are experiencing frustration.
Your actions will make a big difference and can be the greatest gift of all.