June 1

Success means we go to
sleep at night knowing that
our talents and abilities
were used in a way that
served others.

Marianne Williamson


Today's Meditation:

I often wonder if anything that I do really matters, if my contribution to the world is even the slightest bit important.  After all, I don't have money to give to help others through hard times, and I don't have close friends who feel that they can talk to me when they need someone to talk to.  Am I successful or not?  I could make arguments for both possible answers.

I really do like Marianne's definition of success, though, for it helps me to keep in mind the fact that success doesn't have to be something that other people see, something that we can quantify, something that goes on our scorecard of life.  I do have certain talents and abilities that are stronger than others, and it seems like a very good measure to think that using them to serve others is the most important element of success.  After all, my influence in this world is extremely limited, so it would be very unrealistic of me to think that I should measure my success by any terms other than this measure of service. 

I know plenty of people who don't feel that their talents are worth sharing, but they always can serve someone.  I know people who feel that they're not able to do anything that can really make a difference, but some of the abilities that they have most certainly are needed by someone who doesn't have that same ability.  Some people are good at figuring out taxes, while others aren't.  Some are good at cooking, while others could use some help in that area.  Some are really good at fundraising, and there are plenty of organizations that could use some help with some fundraising.  I've helped several organizations develop websites for free--they haven't been award-winning sites, but they've served their purposes very well, and I had a strong sense of satisfaction for having served in a way that I could.

Find a way--or ways--to serve.  It doesn't have to be big, and it doesn't have to involve a million people.  When you do find ways to serve others with your talents and abilities, you'll find that you see your life through different eyes at the end of each day.

Questions to consider:

What are your three strongest abilities?  Who might benefit from you sharing them?

Why do so many of us think that we have to serve many people for our service to be worthwhile? 

From where do we get the idea that service must be far-reaching to be worthwhile?  Is that an accurate assessment? 

For further thought:

It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile
one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts.
These mean nothing.  It is simply service that measures success.

George Washington Carver


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