Guilty–as charged! Yes, the title of this article is cliché, but there’s good news: the content isn’t. As you may have guessed, the content relates to service–the real kind; not the smarmy “have-a-nice-day” (insert roll of the eyes) kind. On a deeper level, service can be interpreted as Purpose, with a capital P. Through wisdom, we learn that Being, Life, and Purpose are all so interdependently woven that one thread cannot be withdrawn without tugging on the others.
It’s been shared in the past, but the message is so important that it’s worth repeating again: “We’re not here to ‘get a life’ but to express the life that ‘is’ us.” The majority of persons may find this a perplexing statement; because from the perspective of the little “i” that presumes to be running our daily lives, it can certainly seem as though we live for the sake of our “self.” The “me-kind” of purpose, which most of us may have demonstrated at one time or another, is ultimately empty and meaningless; for such means that our sole reason for living is to keep the egoic self (the thief) fed, watered, and physically and mentally satisfied. Such is a brochure to a destination–and a way of living–that most individuals wouldn’t want to visit.
There’s a spiritual saying that can is paraphrased as follows: “Before you can move into the big house, you must first move out of the little house.” It means that before we can recognize our True Self (the Big House), we have to move out of the little house (the ‘i”); and we do so by investigating its nature. The question “Who Am I?” is a good place to begin. One of the glorious realizations during my transition of houses occurred when I read–and understood–the following quote. Its measure of truth–a 10/10–is deserving of center stage:
“The tree does not eat of its own fruit.”
What a powerful quote–so vibrantly ripe with meaning! The words resonate with the core of our Being. They barge right past the little guy or gal who’s been pretending to be “me” and shout: “Why do I live? What’s my purpose? How may I help, contribute, and serve? When we find the answer, we have discovered the gold that’s to be shared with everyone! Does this describe a life of self-sacrifice? Yes, most definitely! But here’s a related point that’s referred to in the first paragraph: The self that’s surrendered isn’t real. We only sacrifice the thief that’s been robbing our life of true joy.
A secondary, yet important, point is worth making: When we knowingly discover our True Self, our lingering energies of the little house may tempt us to remark about the purpose that others express. It could be tempting to judge. Resist; better yet–don’t. Would such behaviour express our highest ideal? No. Everyone one of us is at a different stage in our journey; due to this, all of us–at heart–are doing the best that we can, given our vantage point. A note of profound meaning is worth remembering:
With love as our benchmark, we can’t go wrong.
A perfect world (balanced in Harmony, Truth, and Love) demonstrates that the real reason we live is for one another. That means that the good that I do serves you; and that the good that you do serves me or one or more of our worldwide brothers and sisters. Everyone is included; for The All has no room for exclusion. The phrase that describes such a way of living is Peace on Earth.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell
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6 thoughts on “Service…With a Smile”
Hey Art. What a brilliant thought provoking piece of writing. I love the quote about the tree. So true. I tend to think the more we recognise how small we really are the bigger the person we become. Glad I stopped by. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future. Kind regards,
Thank you so much, AP2 (looked for your name, but could find it). I agree…I think of ego as small and false; the Real, as big and expansive. I look forward to reading more of your writing, too! 🙏
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Hi Art. My name is under wraps for political and professional reasons (a pilot talking about depression and anxiety is very taboo in my industry plus I live in Hong Kong where freedom of speech, something I hold close to my heart, no longer exists). It irks me that I can’t share my name but I do it to protect my livelihood/my family. One day I hope this will change. Take care and chat soon, AP2
I fully understand, AP2. Thanks for explaining; I wasn’t trying to pry.
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I know you weren’t. Just wanted to let you know the why. Thanks Art.
That’s good. A thought that relates to what you’ve shared occurred to me. I experienced some rather dark days intermittently from the time I was a young teenager until 2011. Much to my surprise, life gave me the solution (not saying it will be the solution for everyone). I had no idea that the amalgam fillings in my mouth (I had a LOT of them) contained 50% mercury. I followed my instincts and had them removed. It solved it, for me, and a couple of other issues too. I feel its our duty to help others if there’s even a possibility that the info could help. Here’s a link…just in case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw94F94FZqA