Day 15: The Gift of Service

An ongoing personal exploration of Divine Guidance and distinguishing between the voice of fear and the voice of love reflecting on the article, How to Distinguish Between Divine Guidance and Fear/Ego/Imagination, on Sir Froggie’s PositiveNews Network .

Today’s pairing is:

Divine Guidance often comes from a place of love, peace, and service, and prompts you to act in service to others.
Ego says, “It’s all about ME!” and doesn’t care how your actions affect others.

The ego’s immature cry, “It’s all about ME!” is one of those funny little paradoxical statements along the spiritual path. Eventually, responsibility is accepted, the veil drops and you realize, “Oh shit! It IS all about me!” Those of you who’ve been there know what I’m talking about! That’s what this pairing brings to mind.

When I get obsessed with my problems and worries, pulling my head out of my butt long enough to do something, anything, for someone else often helps me to realign and feel better. It may sound trite, but on my daily list of things to do is “do something for someone.” Just by having this on my list, I find myself more aware when the opportunities present themselves to act. And it’s fun. It might be taking the time to share someone’s post on Facebook with my audience, it might be sending a message of appreciation, or it could be giving something away. I don’t even really have to know the recipient. I just have to be willing to go a little out of my way and comfort range. It’s like working a muscle. Lately, I’ve been doing things for people even when I feel jealous, selfish, judgmental or scared. I’m not doing it to prove anything to anyone but myself, and to stop identifying so much with petty feelings and thought-forms. The more I act in accordance with how I want to behave in the world, the easier it becomes…

Service is really a gift we give ourselves.