Are you giving back out of obligation?

What type of service activities are you involved in?  For me, there’s no greater joy than making a meaningful contribution in someone else’s life. Perhaps you’re volunteering or offering your time, talent and money in a variety of ways.  

Right now, I’d like for you to think more critically about your service activities.  How did you get involved in philanthropic programs?  How long have you been donating to your causes?  Have you found your efforts to be satisfying, fulfilling and valued?  My probes are leading to a bigger question or concern that some of you may have recently pondered:  Are you volunteering out of obligation and want to be more authentic about sharing your time and energy?

Stop for a few minutes and reflect on your whys.  What and why are you giving?  And what do you hope to gain?  Perhaps you’ve never thought about philanthropy in this way.  We’re all creatures of habit and don’t always focus on making lifestyle changes unless a situation arises that demands a conscious flip.  Personally, I tend to structure my days and activities around habits I’ve mastered.  But sometimes it’s important to ask if there’s a better way?

So if you find yourself giving back because you think it’s the right thing to do, I suggest you meditate on balancing your charitable activities with your goals and life’s purpose.  For instance, you may be helping out with a community project because several neighbors requested your assistance. Of course, it’s a great cause, and if you like what you’re doing and are motivated to continue offering your support, great!  

However, if you’re not enthusiastic, you may want to reevaluate your service activities so they are in alignment with who you are.  Consider other opportunities.  Research what’s available in your area of interest. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for, start something on your own.

You must recognize value in your service.  Serving out of obligation is not sustainable.  You’ve got to love what you’re doing.  You will discover greater joy when your volunteer work is in sync with your passions and purpose.

Consider This  
Can you imagine what your life would be like if your service and purpose were aligned?  You would rise each morning with zest and zeal.  There would be no stopping you!  Your engine would be running on natural, positive energy powered by heart, soul and passion.

Four Steps to Nourish, Transform and Flourish
• Set a loving intention to take a fresh, new look at your community service work.
• Begin by reflecting on if your activities are in sync with your goals.  
• How will aligning your service, passions and purpose help you feel more balanced and fulfilled in your life?
• Close your eyes and visualize how this lifestyle change can prepare you for your amazing second half.

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In love, peace and health--
Your feminine glow guide,

T. Kari Mitchell, M.Ed.
Motivational Speaker
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Lifestyle120.com

When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.

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