Monday, January 16, 2006

Master, servant, or both?

I was listening to an audiobook yesterday, of Stephen Covey's 7 habits of Highly Effective People. One of the things he said really sparked something within me. I can't remember his exact words so this is VERY paraphrased, but basically, he explained how there is no better thing in life that to put yourself in the service of others. And I thought about this and realised how true this is. I am essentially a SERVANT!

Now, when I was a little girl, no way did I want to grow up to be a servant! they were those people in black and white uniforms who said yes m'lady, no m'lady what does SERVICE mean?

Well, think back to the last time you did something, in a totally selfless way, for someone else. This could be something as minor as making a cuppa for a colleague, or something anonymous like giving blood, or something much bigger. Felt good didn't it? Now taking the cuppa example, think of the last time you made yourself a cuppa - give you a buzz? thought not.

Doing things for others and trying to make life better for others is a really easy way to make your life more meaningful, more fun, just bigger, richer and juicier. being mean never made anyone happy.

Being a servant isn't an indication of status. You can be the MD of your own multi national company (I wish!) and still be a servant to all of your employees. You can work to serve them with exciting projects, a safe and happy working environment, a real purpose and reason to get out of bed in the morning. No matter who you are, or what you do, you can be a servant.

And this doesn't mean giving up your own wants and needs, you have to serve them also. And after all, the being good to others, being helpful, polite, thoughtful, taking time out to do things which make a difference to others, makes US feel good, so its SELF-ISH as well as SELF-LESS.

Everyone's a winner!


At 9:00 AM, Blogger scarlettorocker said...

Well, there's a story in the New Testament where James and John want to be JC's right and left-hand men. To which Jesus replies something like fine, but if you want to be like me you have to learn how to be a servant. It took them a little while to work out what he meant if I remember the story correctly.


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