By Lauren C.
“Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.”- Gillian Anderson
Who knew that Agent Scully from the X-Files could give such great advice? As an activist and actress, Anderson has given many years of service and supports a variety of charities. For example, she advocates for Childreach International, a London-based charity that works in developing countries to secure basic human rights for children. She is also a spokesperson for the Neurofibromatosis Network, an important cause to Anderson, as her brother died of the disease.
In her quote, Anderson reflects upon the fact that in our stressful lives, being of service to others is often the last thing on our minds. If we have enough energy to avoid slamming the door on someone’s face while we’re running into Starbucks before work, we feel like that’s enough. Sometimes we think that our lives are filled with plenty of pain, suffering, stress, loss, and fears. Why should we lay down our responsibilities and help others, especially strangers?
Helping others in the local community brings a sense of empowerment and joy to the person doing it. Furthermore, the more one helps others, the more they want to continue helping.
Of course, in order to be of service, people must first take care of themselves and their loved ones. We can’t take care of others very well if we haven’t taken care of the people who matter most to us. But when the needs of our loved ones and ourselves are met, how do we move forward to be of service to others, especially in the upcoming holiday season?
Pick a charity or a cause that you truly care about and research it. See how you can get involved. If you don’t have time to get involved in a charity, there are plenty of other ways to be of service.
Find one nice thing you can do each day for someone else: give a dollar to a homeless man on the street, volunteer at your church, make a welcome basket for the new neighbors across the street. Perhaps your co-worker is going through a tough time and needs someone to vent to. Take them out for coffee, offer them a chance to be heard. We don’t have to be Mother Theresa in order to be of service to others. Random acts of kindness, especially the little ones, are sometimes the ones that matter the most.
If you work for a corporation, try to find a cause that emphasizes team building amongst employees and also helps other people who are less fortunate. Some examples include participating in a food drive, volunteering at a local food bank or soup kitchen, or participating in a walk to benefit cancer research. The benefits are two-fold. Employees will be happy to be part of a company that does so many fun, positive things for the community and, in turn, the community will benefit from the good work that the company does.
eGumball is proud and honored to have supported many different causes, working with charities such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Giving Children Hope, Share Our Selves, The Make a Wish Foundation, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to name a few. We hope to continue our work with charities in the Orange County area, and to be of service to others.
How are you of service in the local community? Let us know in your comments!