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  1. Malag

    By turning off the news media for a while and giving little me a rest. I’m better able to be of service generally if I am functioning well.

    2 years ago
  2. Charlie T

    Today I was able to help out an elderly neighbor with a phone problem. She calls occasionally when she needs some help with something. She’s always so apologetic, but really, I’m more than happy to help out. I was also able to learn a bit more about her and her late husband. Just another opportunity to connect.

    2 years ago
  3. D
    David31042

    I’m answering this at the end of the day, and perhaps that’s a good thing because I suspect that I would not have had any idea how to answer before the day unfolded. However, the day presented me with at least 2 opportunities to help that I responded to positively. One was just spending time with a neighbor who lives alone and has been sick. The other was responding to a request for help at work. Neither opportunity was expected, and I am grateful that 1) I was put in a position to help rather than needing help myself, and 2) was present enough to recognize the opportunities and respond with an open heart. Curiously enough I also spent a lot of time away from work today, and felt a bit guilty about that. But it ended up being a very productive day, more so than most workdays, simply because I did step away and make myself available to what others needed rather than what I thought I had to do. In any case, it was a good day.

    2 years ago
  4. Don Jones

    I think I will make a cup of tea…

    2 years ago
  5. M
    MemoPC

    By being open to walk in Gods will this day (each day). I can trust that what presents itself to me today will be an opportunity for me to be of service.

    2 years ago
  6. Cathie

    Take time to listen today to someone who needs to talk.

    2 years ago
  7. Ed Schulte

    This is called, “Send forth the light”. It is from the White Eagle

    What do we mean by, “Sending forth the light”?

    Give out the Love which you feel in your heart and it goes forth as the light.

    If you as an “”I”-ness” can see yourself when you are truly sending forth the light you will see a great radiance flowing from your heart, And / or from your head, In many cases.

    Your aura will be shining, you would see the rays penetrating to to a limitless degree. You would see the light flowing from you touching the hearts, the understanding, even the physical life of your fellow men.

    You can do this exercise, this meditation, we’ve given you today, if you wish, every day for 10 or 15 minutes.

    Of course, there are many ways to help in this bad and difficult situation. One of them also is this meditation.

    2 years ago
  8. devy

    Before being of service, one must look after themselves by setting time aside to recharge , be self grounded and do what is important for them . By doing so, when the time comes where others need help we are better prepared to be there.

    2 years ago
  9. Hermann-Josef

    By being available for those who need my help. And by finding moments to recreate, pray and relax so that strength will come back.
    By knowing what I see is god seen by the eyes. What I hear is hearing god by the ears. What I smell , I know this is how god smells once he is smelled by the nose. . .

    2 years ago
  10. Antoinette

    Slow down and be grateful for the peace of this moment.

    2 years ago
  11. d
    db82258

    start the day with a smile and an open heart

    2 years ago
  12. Chester

    Still impressed by the collective input yesterday that drew from the wisdom of many years, I will try to apply some of the wisdom that stuck with me the most toward service today. I will first ensure my tree is watered and tools prepared, then follow my heart to move closer to the truth, lighting candles where I may, never, never, never giving up, focusing on doing all things, great or small, with great love.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Yes, Chester – the Greenwood quote about the tree – I delighted in that one, being a Greenwood myself. I shared it with my 2 Greenwood bros.

      2 years ago
  13. Carol

    Thanks to everyone for their reflections. They have been most helpful to me today.

    2 years ago
  14. alara

    I had to sit with the question for quite awhile because my “good intentions “ came bounding in, and I know where that has taken me.
    So now, today is open to surprise! I am going to step into the moment and let it show me. Wow, this is new!

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      I like that, alara – we can be open to the ways of being useful to others today – I see only my 2 classes today, where it seems more like others will be of service to me 🙂

      2 years ago
  15. Anna

    letting myself being surprised, watching a hawk flying down from the mountain, near the company where I was this morning. When my client, Maria, exclaimed: “Anna look at that hawk!”, a moment of awe, pure natural joy, shared with Maria … a little pause of human experience during a professional job.

    2 years ago
  16. sunnypatti48317

    I’m not sure how I’m needed today, but I look forward to finding out!

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      You and me both, sunnypatti – it’s too early for me to know how – or if! – I’ll be of service today. Oh! I will be of service to my guinea pig, as always, because she depends on me 🙂

      2 years ago
  17. Laura

    Today’s quote pretty much sums it up for me. Offering what we already possess – kindness, care, groundedness – is an excellent starting point to serve others.

    2 years ago
  18. Mary Pat

    By taking care of myself first, which is what I am doing right now….that quote from yesterday someone shared meant alot to me….so thank you whoever did it…..and here it is.
    ..‘Come away from the din. Come away to the quiet fields, over which the great sky stretches, and where, between us, and the stars, there lies but silence; and there, in the stillness let us listen to the voice that is speaking within us.’

    2 years ago
  19. Butterfly

    Today’s quote means so much to me. Being mostly bedbound and dependent on others to care for me and help me it’s hard to see how I can be of service to anyone. But I have realised that just being kind and considerate to those who are helping me makes them feel cared for too. My adult children also know there is a listening ear here too whenever they need one.

    2 years ago
    1. Hermann-Josef

      To give someone the opportunity to help is a great gift and service to that person.

      2 years ago
    2. alara

      Oh, Butterfly, this is it, this is it. Thank you.

      2 years ago
    3. Carol

      Your words make me feel cared for, dear Butterfly. Every thing is energy and yours is beautiful.

      2 years ago
  20. Patricia

    We’re having an ice storm so schools are closed and it’s dangerous to be out on the roads. I will call two older friends and check in on them… and be open to whatever else presents itself.

    2 years ago
  21. I
    Imo Greenwood

    this comes at such a funny time. i’m in the midst of collecting my experiences of sexual ass*ult and collating them all into written accounts. when i’m done, i want to publish them in their own site on the internet – to remind myself that none of them were my fault & i have nothing to be ashamed of in relation to them at all (even though sometimes it still feels that way) & to make others feel less alone in their experiences. i’ve always found speaking about these things makes myself & others feel so much more empowered & in control of our narratives, stories & autonomies – especially when our autonomies were so viciously stripped from us before.

    2 years ago
  22. Dusty Su

    I went to see an old friend of who has had a stroke and is dying. I helped those caring for him to begin to make hard choices, put safeguards in place, and feel seen for their care. Most of all, I loved him, thanked him and said goodbye. I’m going to miss him, but I am so glad I am in Thailand and could see him one last time.

    2 years ago
  23. Kevin

    Actually, my response to yesterday’s Daily Question works for today’s question also: “Have thy tools ready, God will find thee work.” (Reverend Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, England)

    I have met some people who approach “being of service” to others in a “must do,” frantic, almost desperate sort of way, so much so that the act of service is serving their own needs above all else. Sadly, and not surprisingly, these same folks frequently crash, burn out, or otherwise become disillusioned over time. Everyone’s tempo, style, and availability to be of service varies, and I get that. For myself, however, I don’t need to know where, how, or with whom, I will be of service to in any given day. I only need to be open, remain open, and remain listening and watching, and by doing so the need and opportunities for offering service find me.

    2 years ago
    1. Carol

      Motivation is always key.

      2 years ago
    2. Laura

      I have also been on the receiving end of these “must do” people, Kevin. Nearly forcing me to accept their “kindness.” It is uncomfortable and far more about them adding another tally to their daily good deeds than about what I may actually need.
      Your post is a good reminder that it’s not service or even kindness if the intended recipient does not want our help. We have to listen and respect the other person.

      2 years ago
      1. Mica

        Yes, Laura and Kevin – such ‘must do’ ‘service’ can actually be a disservice to those receiving it!
        Or, at least, it is not always ideal. A sister-in-law took me to visit women prisoners one year, bringing them gifts. She was doing a useful ‘must do service,’ but I enjoyed just sitting in the circle of prisoners and talking with them, telling them how my brother had spent a night in prison one Christmas. Her service was greater than mine, but our combined service was even better.

        2 years ago
    3. Iamme

      Definitely there are people driven by there own needs in a people pleaser/co-dependent way. I think it’s important to know your own personal limits, no one can or should give of themselves without limits, that kind of service can be extremely detrimental to your own health. I’ve learnt how to say no when I know I don’t have the space or energy to be of service. I have also learnt to step back and say no if I feel I am becoming a crutch or just being used, sometimes too much help prevents people from helping themselves and is actually disabling. I don’t think being of service should be boundary-less, above all else we need to look after ourselves first and foremost, because if we fall through illness or mental or physical exhaustion we cannot be of service to anyone not even ourselves. It’s the familiar saying – if you are on a plane that’s going down, you put the life jacket and oxygen mask on yourself before helping others.

      2 years ago
    4. Dusty Su

      Well said Kevin.

      2 years ago
  24. Iamme

    Every day I support my family. I support my adult son who has mental health problems that prevent him from living a full life, even prevent him from leaving the house. I also support my husband who works long hours in as much as I (I work for myself from home so that I am present for my son as much as possible) do the bulk of the housekeeping and always have a home cooked meal ready for us all at the end of the working day. I am available to my parents, my daughter and her partner, my friends and neighbours. I am also available to the wider community through the voluntary work I do running a monthly Repair Café and a monthly music event. I am always open to supporting and helping anyone who asks or who I can see needs help and support of one kind or another. Being of service is I think, a natural part of mine and many people’s lives, not really an action that has to be deliberately cultivated or thought about; I think it is natural human instinct and it is one of the ways we find meaning in our lives.

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      It sounds a very deep soul work without it being work. Bless….

      2 years ago
  25. Michele

    I can be of service today by watching for clues to see if I’m needed.

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      This is a huge key I believe to real service. Bless you Michele.

      2 years ago
  26. Christine

    It will present itself. No doubt. Every day certainly has a moment when I can mean something to someone else. It can be huge, it can be very small.

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      And it is never wasted!

      2 years ago

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