Technology is amazing. For the first time our words, posts, or videos have the chance to impact millions of lives. We spend so much time and energy connecting with others outside our walls, that we forget to connect with those within our walls. Its noble to reach out and want to serve and uplift others, but we can best serve the one who is in front of us.
Before the internet life was simpler in ways. It also was harder. The access to information and the ability to instantaneously connect to people across the world is amazing, and I would never trade that. Along with all of the knowledge and resources that use to stock pile libraries, is now on Google. The internet is a huge benefit to this new era and how we can change the world for the better. Love is infectious in every form- including online.
Yet, I find myself craving the simpler yesteryears. When we only had one land line phone and one answering machine. When we saw our friends in person at dinner dates, lunch, school, or had a sleep over.
Our connection to people was one-on-one without distractions.
We weren’t juggling apps, texts, calls, and emails. Within our pocket sit millions of people. As a being who wishes to serve the greater good, I feel as though may not be doing enough. It feels like I need to save the world. That my words, thoughts, and actions need to impact 100's of 1000's of people, not just one. Before the internet our jobs were simply to love the ones in front of us. Now, it feels like we need to love 1000's of people, all the time.
Most of my day only involves one other person in front of me (and of course myself). When I reach in my pocket, I am reminded of the millions of others I wish to shower with love. But I am only one. And to my son, I am his only one. I must trust that God is using me to help the world. I only have to follow my heart and my intuition and live accordingly. For the first time, I feel like I can breathe and relax, knowing that I am serving the world by loving whatever God puts in front of me by way of love with attention. The connections outside my walls are amazing. I am so grateful to be able to send love and support through messages and likes. But I understand now, that the person in front of me is who I need to serve. You’ll find me out serving the world, one moment, one person at a time. Today the ones in front of me are my son, my husband, our two dogs, and whoever else crosses our path.
You are serving the world in every moment.
You don’t need to go viral to help the planet.
Focusing on loving whatever and whomever you cross paths with is how you serve. This allows you to relax into service and trust that God has sent you those you are meant to impact. My words today may only impact one other reader. But by writing and reflecting upon this discord in my life it has already positively impacted my life. I feel more peace in my day to day life. I now invest more greatly in those within my reach.
I started to get off my phone and stopped checking my social media feeds throughout my day. All the emails and messages can wait. I started to think about how greatly our lives are being impacted my reaching for things that aren't in front of us. I thought about all the kids that are texting and driving and end up loosing their lives, only because they were reaching out to people outside of their vehicle. It makes so much sense. When we focus on serving who is in front of us, we are present. We give others the gift of our love and attention. This means other drivers, our children, our friends, the clerk or cashier, our neighbors, and everyone around us. We start to look up and into the eyes of the souls we touch, instead of down at our phones. The world is all around us. Look up and connect, for your sake. This is soul food.
When I first expressed to my husband, that I was feeling as if I am doing enough with my life to help the world and that my frustrations wouldn't allow me to relax until I did;
His wise words were; “Just live for yourself and the people around you.”
He is right. This isn’t selfish, this is honorable. Genuine investment and loving attention to the beautiful souls that are in your life. That is enough. That is serving. Thank you for doing your part everyday by loving the ones God puts in front of you, including yourself.