Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meditation: Service

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
~Mohandas K. Gandhi

And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
~Mosiah 2: 17
My own dear Wabisabi Mother is in town.  You know how there are some people who inspire you to be a better person?  When you're in their presence you feel like you want to be the best you can be?  My mother is such a person.  And she doesn't do it be lecturing or making you feel guilty, but through her own actions and example.  She is the type of woman who is constantly busy working to serve other people.  Since she has been here she has spent two entire days working in my garden, helping me to sew new grass, transplant bushes and flowers, plant trees, etc. (I learn so much working side-by-side with her).  The dishes are magically done after every meal, sewing projects are being completed, my daughter has complete undivided attention... I don't know how she does it.  And she is always there to stop and listen to me ramble on and on (I have a lot to catch her up on!). 
But what I learn most from her is how to be a selfless person.  Her happiness and fulfillment come from serving others.  Her faith is strengthened by her acts of kindness, and in turn, everyone around her is strengthened as well. 
So if at times it seems that we almost have a cult-of-mother mentality, it is because we indeed revere her!  Thanks for being here mom - I'm glad I get you for a few weeks, and I know M and D are eagerly awaiting their turn!

1 comment:

Donna said...

Blessings to your Mum - how wonderful that you have her visiting.