Serving others is life-changing.

We all get the chance to choose.  Most often the opportunity to provide service to someone else is not convenient.  Typically I have had something else planned when my awareness is shifted and I notice that I might be able to help someone.

To be honest, sometimes I have not chosen to help.  I have rationalized that someone else can do it, I am busy.  Other times I have done the service that was needed, but I didn’t have a willing heart.  For much of my life, the easier choice for me was to allow selfish thoughts to govern my life than to choose charitable compassion.  In any case, looking back, I can see the small and incremental changes in my outlook and thought patterns.  I have grown over the years, and I believe most of that personal growth has come as I have weathered the storms of life and emerged victorious over self.  Some of those storms have been of my own making and others have been just experiences.

We don’t often get to choose the experience, but we can choose our response to it.

Robert Frost’s famous poem, “The Road Not Taken,” sums it up.  Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

The road we choose does make all the difference – to us, to the others who need our help and to everyone else.

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