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Living a life of service is the key to joy.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.  I awoke and saw that life was service.  I acted and saw that service was joy.”

Tagore

Hi Motivation Seekers, how are you?  I hope you all had an amazing week and that last week’s motivator helped you shrink some of those fears that may have been stopping you live the life you want…..I really hope so!

I heard this quote this morning at church and I absolutely love it.  I have often spoken of servant leadership, in workshops and in trainings and with clients.  I always remember a former boss (who was an excellent leader), sharing the following quote: “a leader is not one with many servants, rather they are the servant of many.”  A great way to lead and a brilliant way to get absolutely the best out of people. An attitude of service means that you act with absolute integrity and can treat others with empathy, you can put yourself in their shoes, which is a very powerful way to lead others.

A life of service does not mean getting walked over

When I say that we should live a life of service, it is not about letting yourself get walked all over, of being a doormat to others.  It is far from that.  It is about treating others with kindness, value and respect.  When we do that, it brings out the best in them, and they will do their utmost to reach their goals and work with us to achieve ours.

Even better, when we serve others, we have more meaning and purpose in our lives.  That is how we find joy in what we are doing.  Giving all of our attention to the task at hand, doing it to the best of our ability and seeing a bigger picture in that, how it in fact helps others or makes a difference for them, is what will bring joy to us.  If you are thinking, that’s only for people in positions of leadership, I don’t think it is.  I think you can find that purpose in every level of work and in everything you do.

It’s about being in the present moment, applying yourself with deep concentration and being the best version of you in doing that work.  I was at the supermarket the other day, buying some fresh fish.  The lady serving me was bringing joy to every customer.  She smiled genuinely and warmly to everyone.  She talked to me about the different products, emphasising how fresh they were, she was really knowledgeable and I trusted her.  Then, when I made my purchase, she remarked on what I was wearing and how nice it was and how it suited me.  I had gone in there on a cold, grey day, not feeling any joy at all and I walked out feeling truly joyous, just through that fantastic interaction with someone who was giving service in a way that spread joy.  I’m sure she would have felt the joy too.

So give that a go this week, giving all your attention and love to all that you do, serve others and find out how the purpose and meaning of that can bring you great joy.  Have an awesomely, brilliant week.