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To leave a minimal footprint; live openly with integrity each day; reflecting God’s love and image; to continue to “preach it sister” when inspired to do so; to be a friend in need; to be there as a companion at the end.
To be a reflection of God’s love to everyone I meet.
Have a more beneficial than negative effect and pass that outlook to new generations. If more of us push the dial just a little the right way it is cumulatively massive.
To do all I can to stay in a positive high frequency so that the good just happens.
To leave things/people/situations a little better than I found them. This is how I will pay my rent for the space I inhabited on this beautiful planet.
I was brought up both by teaching and modelling from my parents to serve and I have always tried to serve in whatever way I can.
Digging deep, I think my bottom line intent is to bring love. If it is only for a moment, it is worth it. As a teacher, we have often taken children no one else would take. I feel that if we can offer them love even for the short time they are with us (sometimes just a matter of weeks) it might be the only love they experience. If I can spread a bit of love to, for example, the lonely old neighbour, the friend having a bad day etc etc, I feel I have done the best I can and made a difference in the world – I will have served my purpose.
As long as I can remember it was to help reduce suffering of the people around. As a teen, it was so through listening carefully to guests who were sharing their problems and, through understanding and sharing perspective, to possibly increase awareness of the situation as a whole; later through finding equivalents to support increase of consciousness in order to help freeing the mind of possible unhealthy perspectives, God willing and with His Grace. Whatever way is meant to be to serve, may I humbly want His will to be mine. Then all is well.
By being an example of fostering a creative spirit (Grace in action) through simple, grounded living.
Reduce my karmic load. Take my mind off of my own issues, and become a better person; to be more of a human by becoming more humane.
That feeling of serving the humanity gives inner fulfillment, satisfaction and purest form of joy that’s unmatchable to anything materialistic. That just add an extra ounce of purpose to my existence.
To be kind to all. To be aware enough to help when I see a need. To be grateful to be alive on this beautiful planet Earth and protect it.
My deepest intent is to heal in order to be able to be of service.
Myself and the world are one and the same. I can’t ignore the world, while serving myself and I can’t ignore myself while serving the world. My deepest intent to serving the world is to nourish myself. Is that selfish or selfless? Indeed I see it as both. I’ll leave how I serve the world for a future reflection.
Aligning small and big choices with
tending, reverencing, honouring
our only home.
To be kind. To be grateful. To share the wealth.
My deepest intent is to be the love, the peace, I seek.. It’s a reminder that the buck stops here and now at my feet. As Richard Rohr says, “Pain that isn’t transformed is transmitted.” Know myself and be willing to grow in self awareness–no scapegoating, no blaming and shaming. I want the energy that flows in and through me to offer healing and hope to all I meet. Science says that energy can’t be destroyed. l often pray that the energy released when I die, will be energy that contributes to the evolution of our species.
I greatly enjoyed your thoughts today, Carol.
Have a great and peaceful day!
Thanks, Carol – I love the Richard Rohr quote. He’s new to me.
Mica, You can check him out at cac.org. He offers a daily meditation by email. I have followed Rohr’s writings since the 1980s.
Thank you, Carol!
I try to live by the words
“Unless I have walked in someone’s shoes “ I can not fully understand.
I can offer empathy .
The quiet crisis is climate change, but it is certainly taking many lives and causing great disruption. Starting with myself I am lowering and then reversing my footprint, and helping and teaching others who wish to do the same, or who just wish to help their families out of financial crisis, which is done the same way. I’m also trying to be ever more accepting, listening, and kind, especially to those with opposite views, and those in denial. We are all one family, time we start acting like it.
On a side note… for those of you who read my first mention of Mr. Hopeful (the sparrow who took possession of the birdhouse outside my kitchen window), we just caught first site of Mr. & Mrs. Hopeful’s chicks yesterday, or rather a BIG YELLOW RIMMED MOUTH poking his/her head up for more grub and more moving shadows behind! We know they hatched almost two weeks ago, because we saw mommy and daddy bringing food so constantly. It is so fun to watch them. Not too different in behavior from human parents with their own brood. Have a nice day everyone!
Thank you for letting us know about the sparrow family 🙂
My deepest intent is for serving the world is to be true to self and not compromise when push comes to shove. Not that I go around looking for “good trouble”. For example, last night two neighbors were fighting over a parking spot so I took out my camera and pointed it at license plate at the bully from my window. He had his camera pointed at the other car. He saw me and gave up. It was a terrible scene. The women in the other car was alone. The bully had a women drive his car and got out of the car to harass the other driver. His car was turned head into the spot head on blocking traffic in both directions. When he saw that I was taping him, he gave up , got in the drivers seat and drove away. Taping him was not my first response. I though of calling the police until I saw the man take out his cell phone to intimidate the other driver. Before I got to the window I heard two cars honking that’s what got my attention so I rolled up my shades. I am on the first floor so the scene was in clear view. What I saw was happening in mid stream. I was surprised at my reaction to tape. I got the idea from the bully. I’m sharing the details because that intent was automatic. So I guess my intent is to act when necessary on behalf of others.
You are quite a champion, Toni. I admire you for how you feel for the underdogs of the world. I think you are brave, too… in personal growth and moving forward!
Good wishes, dear Holly, Thanks, Toni, for your inspiring tale!
I’m led by the example of the Good Samaritan; finding those who’ve been abandoned, or metaphorically wounded by others or unjust systems. Sometimes all that is needed is a random act of kindness. With others it is a commitment that is timeless & with good boundaries, for we speak the language of the heart.
To live authentically with integrity and to be present so that whatever I have been given to be of use to the world may be accessed when it is needed.
I will show up, be gracious and love kindness.
I try to be a caring, loving, honest person who learns from the members on this website to practice gratefulness and to focus on the present. I value Random Acts of Kindness and positivity. Have an awesome weekend ya’ll:).
My deepest intent is to teach people to truly “see” one another as intrinsically “valuable” human beings. That means Everybody…to include people addicted to drugs, people who commit heinous crimes, sordid politicians. It’s hard….And, if we refuse to see the goodness in one another we will lose our humanity.
To love always and to love all.
My deepest intent is to set an example for the world so that hopefully others will take note and follow. Kindness, gratitude, treating Mother Nature well, remaining calm and under control and compassion are some of these means..
I’m not sure I would use that language, but generally my pathway is kindness, non-violence and hope.
I promise to myself ….To serve at all time and all places Absolute BE-ing-ness to whom I wholeheartedly BE-long.
It is my understanding that I am here to share love and light, so whatever ways I am guided to do so, that is what I intend to continue doing. Also, be gentle with the earth, be gentle with others, and be gentle with myself.
To live as lightly as possible. To be kind and respect all life on this planet.
Do no harm, leave no trace. Neither of which is very practical given the systems required to function in my given cultural/historical location. Yet it remains the deepest intent.
Yes Howie, I was caught by this challenge when pondering my answer. It reminds me, when hiking, we should leave no trace but every step is a boot print.
Now there’s a lofty question for 4 AM in the morning! Sorry, but I either need more caffeine or more intelligence before tackling this question. Right now, I’m putting on my shoes and getting ready to clean the cat box and take out the garbage. I’ll start serving the world right after breakfast. I promise.
That’s ok, Kevin – the world needs us to clean our cat boxes and take out our garbage too 🙂
That’s right, Mica. Besides, I think our cat stares at me thinking, “Hey stupid, after you clean up my box, feed me!” Sometimes I look at our dog and cat, and think about the ways things are in the world and wonder, who’s better off, our pets or us?
Lol. I was feeding the bees in my nightie this morning before anything else… trying to get them fed while they were still sleepy!
Dear Holly in Ohio, cool – what do bees eat?
Little steps, starting local and trusting that any support and help I offer will spread with each person, casting the net wider and wider.
I sincerely hope that love will always be my motto.❤
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