Shoveling a snowy walkway for an elderly neighbor, opening the door for a stranger on crutches, donating money to a charity, or volunteering at a local shelter are just a few examples of service to others. Even smiling at a passerby on the street and allowing someone with fewer items to move ahead in the line at the grocery are small ways we serve others.
“Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” ~ Mother Teresa
While service to those in need is important, so too is serving daily the people we love. Sometimes showing the same level of kindness and consideration we do for strangers to those we love is challenging or not even attempted.
Do we take a relationship for granted as a result of a certain comfort level?
Has nurturing and tending to the relationship slowly eroded over time?
Are long-standing grudges getting in the way of caring for the relationship?
Have we stopped speaking lovingly?
Love, support, kindness, compassion, empathy, understanding, and forgiveness are not to be reserved for charity and service to strangers; it should be showered on those we love, too.
Ask yourself: how have I served those I love today?
It will serve you well.