Blooming Boomers

October 21, 2010

GIVING AND SERVING GOALS

Filed under: Workshops/ Encouragement — Tags: — sakaco @ 10:29 am

I hope you’re setting small goals in each area we’ve covered so far! Small goals in each area of your life when done together can make significant changes in your life as a whole! You’ll be surprised what a difference they can make in your life!

This week we’re setting goals in the area of our “serving and giving”. Now I’m sure you are already a giving and serving person so I’m not trying to add ONE MORE THING for you to do or to add  even more to your giving. But what I WANT you to do is to think about  being more intentional in your giving and serving by setting goals in this area.

But sometimes what keeps us from giving and serving others is the thought that we don’t have anything to give. We live in a world of abundance and yet sometimes we just feel the LACK of abundance. Often we just need to change our perceptions of things to see the abundant resources around us. The secret to seeing abundance that you NOW have is gratitude. Make a list of things for which you are grateful and sit and spend a few moments feeling the abundance in your life. And remember that abundance does not have to be about things that cost a lot of  money. Oftentimes when I’m making my gratitude list it is being grateful for family, friends, the beautiful day,the beauty of creation,enjoying a cup of hot coffee on a chilly morning, and everyday, simple things. When you realize you have been given much, you will be better able to see how to share that abundance with others. For example, if you are grateful for having friends and family who love you, you have “love to go around” and you can share your love with others who might not have family and friends to talk to. Just calling someone who doesn’t have a lot of friends or family around to see how they’re doing and having a friendly chat is a part of GIVING AND SERVING in your life.

Do you have more time than money?  Give away your “time”. Do you have clothes you don’t wear anymore? Take them to Goodwill or The Salvation Army to share with others. Do you have magazines you’re done with? Take them to the local Library for others to enjoy. Do you have flowers in your yard? Share a flower with someone. Have you cooked a meal for yourself? Invite someone in to share it with you. Offer smiles, hugs, encouragement, JOY,  to those around you.

The hope is to make “giving and serving” so much a part of your life, that you don’t even have to think about it. But because we are  setting goals this week, pick two things that you are going to set as a goal in your giving and serving. Maybe there is a neighbor down the street that needs a friend and your goal is to do something for her at least once a week. Could you volunteer your time somewhere on a regular basis? If you love to cook, could you set a goal to invite someone in for a meal once a week? Or share some baked treat with others on a regular basis? There are more ways to give and serve than I can list here. And remember it doesn’t have to cost ANYTHING but maybe your time. Get your creative juices flowing and come up with your own ideas.

We’d love to have you share your ideas with us!

Sandy

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