How rewarding— even fun— it can feel to pause for a period of serving when everything is well in our lives. How how incredibly difficult it is to do the same when all is not well. Anyone can play the part of the magnanimous altruist in fair weather but very few of us can consistently manage it in the foul. Busyness, tiredness, distraction, and a host of other minor irritations all have the potential to derail our best intentions. Properly practiced, service exhibits no such inconsistency.
This week, start a written inventory in your journal of the ‘opportunities to serve’ that you typically encounter, and more importantly, your reaction to them. When is it easiest? When is it most difficult? Look for the patterns and think about how you might change them.