Sometime over the weekend I had my 100,000th visitor to The Power Of Choice. (50,000 of which have been in the last year.)
Lets face it, that doesn’t make my blog the most popular in the world, but that’s not the way I see it. In my own way, I have touched 100,000 people through a very powerful digital medium.
I call this connection, service. Life is all about service. You need to make sure your needs are taken care of, as well as the needs of others, but there are billions of ways of doing service; from the humble person who shines your shoe to the super successful Hollywood types who get paid millions.
There are those who spend much of their time working for charitable organisations, or just helping those people who have difficulty helping themselves. Some people see meditation as a form of service by spreading positive vibrations.
Service is viewed in many different ways and it is given many different words. In my opinion the words ‘client’ and ‘service’ are part of the same family. You are doing your client a service. Client is the modern word given to those that we do service for.
Reward is often the result of service. When we serve others we are given some kind of remittance. Do you focus more on serving and the value you provide or are you more focussed on the remittance? Those who focus more on the remittance are the ones who often have to deceive or are the ones who do not succeed.
Have you noticed that even those people, who do great service and ask of nothing in return, get it returned many times over? It’s like those guru’s in India who do not ask for wealth or riches but yet it comes to them anyway because people want some way of showing their appreciation.
Service is foremost. It is the reason for being alive and in action! Without it we just exist and in a very empty, purpose-less way.
I believe that the return you get in value is exactly equivalent to the emotional response you create in others. Think about that for a moment. Why else is music so powerful and lucrative? Music evokes such powerful emotional responses within us that masses of people pay for it. It moves enormous groups of people and together they feel a sense of euphoria; something worth paying for.
Last Wednesday I was giving a talk at the PRU as I have done for the previous 2 years and I even though I was only speaking to small groups of these youngsters I could really feel and see the impact the words were having.
Mostly, I was there to speak from the heart because my story, from when I was younger, is one they can relate to. I also wanted those words to last a lifetime; to say something they will take away and use for the rest of their lives.
On the flip side, last Thursday I was hosting a cabaret event, organised by a belly dancer named Aurora with lots of pole dancers (even male ones), belly dancers, burlesque dancers, contortionists, magicians, comedians etc.
(A whole night spent with belly and pole dancers….now that’s my kinda way of doing service! Hubba hubba!)
Aurora had organised the event to raise money for the WWF because it was a cause that was close to her heart. It was a fun way of serving in a two fold sense. Not only was she organising and providing entertainment for a whole night but she was also raising money for a fantastic cause.
I was telling jokes in between and serving with humour, in my opinion, the most powerful form of service.
Recognise the forms of service that you do in your life. If there is a form of service you are not doing but want to do it, when are you going to start? How can you reach countless people and evoke emotional response? What kind of emotions do you evoke? Where is there a need for you to serve?
Just think of all all the things you can do…
– Tell a joke
– Tell a story
– Sing a song
– Write a song
– Write a book
– Through food
– A new product
This list could be endless so feel free to share your forms of service below.
– Thanks to Maani for the picture.