Maria A. Mansfield
Everyone Can Be Great
In a world where titles, recognition, and certain positions seem to be the big tickets to greatness, somehow being a servant didn't make the cut. Yet, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: "Everyone can be great because everyone can serve." As a Christian Minister, he preached to his congregation that to be a servant, you only needed a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. He empowered them that everyone could be a Servant -no degrees necessary.
I was thinking about his words and how they still ring true more than fifty years later. One of the best things we can do is use our gifts to help out, encourage and lift others up, and be caring and kind towards the people around us.
Yes, am I aware we are still in the pandemic, camped out at home, aka our office and school. Always leaving the house with a mask and sanitizer, and still second-guessing if the calendar year even changed. I get that.
But what if we could all use this excellent teaching as a wake-up call to care for others, each in our own way, be Servants while we're still waiting for things to improve? After all, we're all in this together, and there are so many ways we can help others -especially right now that we have the time.
Today, I honor my sister Cindy. It would've been her 60th birthday! Towards the end of her life, while battling cancer, she used to say to herself: "Do even the smallest things with a lot of love." I think she was right. Instead of rushing through our to-do list, we can stop and do fewer things with more love and being more aware of others as well. When we love and serve others, we forget what we were upset about. When we give our time and resources, we can bless others in ways we couldn't even imagine. When we love, there's more unity and compassion. When we serve others, it's like a favor we do to ourselves because it always helps us feel better and more grateful for our life.
When I volunteered at the Hospital, I learned that pain and sickness levels humanity because it affects everyone. This worldwide pandemic has also affected everyone. I believe that titles and positions don't exempt anyone. Being a servant shouldn't either.
Each one of us impacts someone who impacts someone else. If we role modeled serving, we'd live in another world. And who knows? If we are waiting for the world to get back to normal, it could surprise us that the "normal" we were waiting for might not be suitable for us anymore. We could even emerge as a People less divided if we served, loved, and helped others more. What would that look like for you?
I wish you and your loved ones all the best,
Maria A. Mansfield, PRS-E
Author: Life is Worth Getting Better,
Honoring Your Recovery
& Tu vida merece que te mejores