“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.
I woke and I saw that life is all service.
I served and I saw that service is joy.”
*this is a repost of Monday, May 6, 2019, somehow it disappeared and I had to repost. Sorry for the confusion.
Service Is Joy
Service is joy. How many years did it take me to realize this? Contemplating this quote made it finally concrete in my mind. Serving others has always made me feel immensely better than just serving myself. The simple act of helping someone out. The joy and thanks received from it. Which ultimately propels me and the recipient higher. It is a win-win situation if I ever saw one.
I recently watched The Blues Brothers, an old movie from the 80’s again. It is one of my all-time favorite movies. It never ceases to lift me up with the amazing music and the quirky story. So, one particular part, in the beginning, is when John Belushi is at a gospel church and the Reverend (who is played by James Brown no less) is yelling ‘do you see the light?’ ‘Do you see the light!!’ As John Belushi’s character is finally seeing the light by getting the band back together to raise the money to help the orphanage they grew up it. He sees the way is ultimately service towards others rather than service towards self, or at least that is the message I received from it!
So, maybe “service is joy” isn’t true for everyone, but it definitely is for me! I bet if you think long enough you will see it is probably true for you too.