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Be of Service

30 May 2016   Shanti Gowans

Many people dream about being successful, yet, so often, the pursuit of success becomes a practice of seeing how much we can acquire through chasing money, vying for position, or seeking recognition... all of which do not provide the true fulfillment we are seeking.

The true path to fulfillment and lasting success isn't found in material trappings, but is gained through the unselfish act of contribution. Thanks to the reciprocal nature of the Universe, the more you give, the more you will naturally receive. Creating success is easy when you look at it through the lens of adding value.

Determine what people want that you can offer
Perhaps you've heard people talking about needing to get organised, and you're a great organiser. Or maybe you know a couple of cooks looking for great ingredients, and you happen to be a great gardener. In order for an idea to be successful, it doesn't have to be huge, it just has to be useful.

Give anonymously.
There's a special kind of joy in giving when no one but you, and perhaps your dog, knows that you have been of service to someone in need. Be a Secret Santa, send some cash to someone who has lost a job, or secretly pay for a meal for a stranger at a restaurant.

Give for the sake of giving.
Look around for opportunities to give without expectation of reciprocation. Leave a ridiculously large tip for the waitress, or buy groceries for the person in line behind you, or volunteer your time by helping a neighbor move furniture.

Simply be of service in the spirit of good will and see what happens.

So before you balance your books, determine your needs, or otherwise seek to improve your own situation, look around for what is needed that you can provide... then simply provide it.

Have a truly magnificent life.


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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

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