I believe that I do live a life as an example to others - not always the best example; I suppose it depends on the day and the context of what I am up to. But today, for this post, I want to talk about being "in service" to others. I hear this a lot... and recently I was questioned about it (in an interesting way) and that made me decide to create this post.... but I digress.
What does it mean to be in service? Well, for me it means that I will volunteer myself to help out a cause that I believe in, or share a skill that I have to help someone who needs it. One can't make a living continually volunteering all the time, so of course there are times when I volunteer and times when I get paid, and other times when barter may be appropriate.
I could not in good conscience ask someone to volunteer for something that I am not willing to do myself; and I am happy to admit that I never have. I am also someone who encourages people to value their time and energy, and when appropriate, get paid for what they do. Because bills must be paid, and there is a certain satisfaction that comes from receiving a form of payment for a job well done.
What about the EGO? Oh My! That is a topic for a longer post. Let me just say this about that.... Everyone has an ego - the ego can help us survive, and it can help us to be successful, overcome obstacles and strive to achieve goals... I am often mystified when people speak of the ego in purely negative terms. We need a healthy ego to survive. There are extremes of behavior, that is of course, human nature. Instead of focusing on negative energy and thoughts; why not try seeking balance? Because after all, none of us is perfect. In our imperfections we are unique. And often it is those quirks of "imperfection" that make us lovable to others, and sometimes even to ourselves.
Take care of yourselves. Love yourself, love each other. Be unconditional in that love... and be all encompassing in that love. We are men and women by birth or by choice; we are human by genetics.
Humanity is not a color, gender, religion, or political view.... it is all of those things and so much more.