Serving Life 101

4 Nested White Bowls On White Background

First, happy new year to you! If you’re anything like me, there’s a certain relief to turning the calendar to January first and putting the rush of December into the past. Resolutions or not, there is a sense of freshness and possibility that comes with the clean slate of a new year.

What does it mean to you to serve life? You might be thinking “oh yeah, I serve all right! My partner, my kids, my co-workers, my parents. What more could I possibly be doing?!?”

On one level, yes, serving those we love is serving life. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find more refinement. The biggest one is sometimes the hardest to believe:

You serve life by serving your own needs.

This is why it’s Course 101, the gut level course. It’s the foundation for all the rest. Trust that serving your own needs (and I’m talking true needs, not desires for chocolate cake and pedicures — although sometimes those can fit the bill) adds to the goodness and beauty of the world:

  • Your need to write poetry.
    Your need to buy and arrange fresh flowers for the kitchen table or office credenza.
    Your need to play the guitar, or piano, or ukelele, fumbling fingers or not.
    Your need to lie on your back with your legs up, gazing out at the sky and trees.
    Your need to have peace and quiet while chopping vegetables for soup, enjoying the rhythm and the crunch.

Your own fulfillment adds to the integrity of life. It’s not an addendum, a “when everything else is done” or a negotiable. It’s a must. It’s an art. It adds to the balance of our imbalanced planet.

You know it when you experience it. That sense of calm and purpose. That tickle of joy behind your ribcage. The undeniable sense that this seemingly small act ties you to what lies beyond the physical realm.

It’s different for each of us. For me, one way is writing to you each week, offering encouragement, ideas, inspiration. How about for you?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Virginia
    Jan 08, 2015 @ 18:11:01

    I like sending cards to people – online (Jacquie Lawson) and regular mail (Current and dollar stores). First I get to enjoy the sentiment and graphics, write a message, and then know of their pleasure in receiving it.


  2. therestfulheart
    Jan 08, 2015 @ 18:51:18

    Great to hear from you, Virginia, as always. I love how you take time to really connect in with those you love and feel your way into sharing love and celebration with them. Especially rare and lovely to receive regular mail these days, even though all acts of loving expression are precious. I feel it being on the receiving end of your comments here!


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