Joy and Service

“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.”
―Kahlil Gibran

When have you taken joy in serving others?

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3 responses to “Joy and Service

  1. Charles Taylor

    I volunteer for a person in need daily with my phone, a brief check on someone disabled, just a simple giving in a simple way, and I serve in the coffee shop of our nice senior center with two hours a week of simple service. In the spring, I hope to join and keep records for a creative writing group. I am fully retired, and yet this giving takes 15 minutes a day on weekdays, and two hours a week. I love the people I serve very much, and I write poetry at other times. At age 66, my life with my wife is whole and I also give in simple ways of friendship.

  2. patt behler

    One of the ways I have received joy during the last 9/10 years is in being one of the volunteer pianists for Sunday services at our Unitarian Universalist fellowship. I studied piano as a young person, followed up with lessons later at various times and still have the piano I was given by my parents when I was 11 years old, even though I started lessons at about age seven. I was fortunate to have a teacher who, although teaching classical music, knew that we young students wanted to play popular tunes, so she taught us guitar chords so that we could accompany the melodies of popular music. Anyone else remember “Blueberry Hill”? Well, the upshot is that I can play accompaniment for hymns as well as other intermittent music using the melody line accompanied by the chords I develop so that I can keep the rhythm and pace of the music flowing. Being one of the pianists that the fellowship counts on has given me so much joy in using this gift I received long ago from Ms. Oka T Sullivan and has also done the same for our group, I believe.

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