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What About Service?

 • What generates meaning, hope, inspiration, and curiosity for you? Angeles Arrien
Wow! How could I forget service?
Service gives great meaning to my life. I am no different than anyone, I can get myself weighed down my expecting too much of myself, but I sustain my joy in life by what I can do for others and for the world. Whether it is serving on a board, volunteering for hospice, or carrying a bucket for someone when it gets heavy, I love doing – and especially when I can believe that what I am doing makes a difference.
I have a little list going that doesn’t make a dent in what I know I could accomplish.
Remembering to smile and thank workers who keep restrooms and gardens and office buildings clean and beautiful for me.
Making soup for a friend who has tragedy in her life – taking care of her physical needs while she is on another plane.
Sitting vigil with someone who would be dying alone because I love the concept of being held physically or emotionally when passing.
Using my organizational and leadership skills to guide a non-profit board for a cause I believe in because if it needs to be done, why wouldn’t I lend a hand in the best way I could. Or doing one-on-one service for that same cause.
Paying attention to where I give my money – trying to do the best I can with what I have to offer.
Pushing a wheelbarrow that last block for a woman in the street who looks weary because I have the energy and wherewithal to carry her load for a bit.
Making a delicious and healthy meal for people I love knowing that they will be healthier and happier when it is finished..
My further reflections remind me that having read these thought-provoking questions, I will continue to let them percolate in my mind and heart. I’m going to try to step away from my own personality and not “tick” the boxes off and get to the next question. This book offers a way to live my life in a meaningful way while contemplating ways in which I an enrich my journey to the end of it.
Thank you, Angeles Arrien.
The Student

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What’s it all about?


“What generates meaning, hope, inspiration, and curiosity for you?” Angeles Arrien

This question has had me pondering for a couple of weeks.

Perhaps it is curiosity? Perhaps it is hope? I can’t really figure out why this has me so stumped. Rather than bounce in and out of the contemplation any longer, I have decided that I will begin writing and believe that the answers will come.

Connection, travel, and learning. These are the things that come to me and they are all interrelated.

Connection is the key to everything in my life. I constantly search for it – perhaps to my own distraction. For instance, in conversations, I have no interest in casual interactions. My intensity in going to the heart of any matter is sometimes frightening, I think. I can scatter a group at a cocktail party immediately. LOL.

Connection is also the key that opens my life to travel. I am not a seeker of new sights. But I am fascinated by cultures the way people move through life in places that are strange to me.  I love the feeling of oneness when I meet people in other countries. How they live their lives might be different in some ways but there is always a common thread of hopes, dreams, feelings, issues…

Learning is an underlying theme in everything I do.

When I was younger and in business I could always re-energize myself from burnout by learning something new. I am still fascinated by new information – but now I am tending to my spiritual path and so most new things involve insight into that practice. Of course, languages are a part of my ongoing learning because of my travels. And learning to connect with my own purpose and joy is always a part of my day.

Yes. Writing helps me process this. I feel as if I have done justice to this reflection.

Life Student


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Life Pursuits

A friend expressed her confusion about how to be happy. I told her that I don’t pursue happiness. Contentment? Peace? Acceptance? Yes. Throw in joy when available and I am happy.

So then I am wondering…do I pursue any of these? I don’t think so. And still, perhaps, I call it by different names.

Well, I don’t think I can chase joy. It comes to  me unbidden. I can only open myself to the moments as they open themselves to me. I am grateful for it and  revel in joy when it comes.

And meaning in life is very important to me. Is my sorting anc culling of what is important in a day a pursuit of meaning? Or does my great pleasure in learning indicate that I am pursuing knowledge in search of some answer? When I corral my errant mind to the present moment and practic mindfulness, am I chasing after peace?

Is all of this the pursuit of happiness?

Life Student



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