Maribeth Wilder Doerr

Shades of Healing ~ Creating a Wholehearted Life

Friday Faves – Helping, Fixing or Serving?

on June 3, 2016

mary and mariFor those of you who like to serve others, here’s a wonderful article by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD.   I think it’s important to think about the why behind our efforts to work with others and this article helps us do that by asking if we’re there to help, fix or serve . . .

Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.

Doesn’t that make you pause and rethink what you’re doing and what’s your motivation?  I love to “help” but I don’t think I see life as weak.  Have I been conveying that to people?  Perhaps I’ve been serving all along (because it does feel like soul work) and it’s a matter of semantics.  Whatever it is, it’s good to think about it and reassess my big WHY.  Here’s another juicy quote:

Those who serve have traded a sense of mastery for an experience of mystery, and in doing so have transformed their work and their lives into practice.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article!


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