The first weekend of this year I helped out as the coordinator and support person for a retreat at The Garrison Institute. It was a great fit for me because I already knew most of the instructors, the location is very familiar because I go there every Wednesday morning for a community meditation group and I am very organized. My role was as the go-to person for the instructors and the participants. The voluntary position allowed me to witness and when possible participate in the sessions while making sure that audio was working and time was kept and everyone had what they needed. It turned out to be a lot more than I had anticipated and I was very tired afterwards. However, what really struck me about the weekend was how important it was for me to be of service. I truly enjoyed the sense that I was contributing something valuable to others.
Being of service is nothing new to me. I am a coach after all and the main reason why I enjoy my work is that I help others create more fulfilling lives. I love writing just for the sake of writing yet I also hope that my blogs provide direction, information, and food for thought for you, the reader. As I thought more about my need to be valued as someone who helps, I realized that I have been of service to others in all of my roles throughout my career. Whether I was in sales, customer service, research, education or management, I was providing my services to help others to learn, grow, do their jobs better and be more successful.
It doesn’t really matter what your position is in any kind of organization. If you take the perspective to be of service it increases your value as a contributor to your work and to others. Being of service means that you are not only working to get a paycheck and with focus on your own development. Being of service means that you are aware of your impact on others. Being of service means that you are ultimately thinking about what you are providing to your clients and colleagues and employees. When your actions are from a place where you are trying to be of service, you are showing that you care about others. You are spreading kindness and compassion by being helpful and supportive to others.
And being of service is contagious. When you do a kind act of service, others will be prompted to pass it along and ultimately you will be the receiver of helpful acts of service. So I encourage you to develop your skills as someone who anticipates others’ needs and helps others to be better at whatever they are doing. You will find that being of service helps to grow and expand your kind heart and that will only bring greater success and happiness to your life.