Eric Klein has an amazing website and newsletter called Wisdom Heart. In his newsletter on Wednesday, he closes with this incredible thought:
For 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!
I admit I’m a sap about a lot of things, but this Youtube video probably makes even the toughest of the tough cry. Meet Charlotte Bottger who has cerebral palsy. Like most little girls, she has dreams of being a ballerina. Her father raised enough money to bring Charlotte to the USA for surgery that would help her walk. This video is Charlotte dancing with David Pickering and Sander Blommaert of The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in London. It is precious and delightful and full of inspiration, and you’ll need kleenex at the end when she says, “I’m a ballerina.” Yes Charlotte, you are!
Charlotte’s story was featured on a TV show called ‘What would be your Miracle?’ on ITV.com. This makes me ask, what would be your miracle? It doesn’t have to be some big medical cure. Miracles come in all sizes. So I ask, what would be yours?
For the last year, I’ve been a hospice volunteer. One of these days I’ll write about what it means to me to do this work, but right now, my heart is a bit too tender to do that. My most recent patient died this past Monday night. She was a character, and I can only hope that my visits helped her a tiny fraction of what I felt from spending these precious last weeks of her life with her.
It’s with this hard joyful work in my heart that I introduce you to an extraordinary woman named Heather Plett. I was taking an online mandala class with her when her mother died. A year ago, Heather wrote an amazing article, What it means to “hold space” for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well, that was birthed out her experiences with her mother. It seems ironic that this post is going viral now, 14 months later, but I’m so glad it is. As a hospice volunteer, “holding space” is what we do. But truthfully, this is a gift we can give ANYONE, not just the dying and the bereaved. Anyone who needs someone to listen will benefit from a kind soul holding space for them . . . and Heather explains how to do just that.
Please give it a read and while you’re there, learn more about Heather and her work.
And um, hold space for me tomorrow, May 14, and I remember my mom on what would have been her 88th birthday, which also happens to be my birthday. Thank you!
God’s blessings to all of you . . .
I love to listen to X Factor, The Voice, and Britain’s Got Talent auditions on YouTube. I stumbled onto one from BGT a few weeks ago, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. Not only is this young Welsh singer incredible, but she seems so genuine. The judges clearly adored her, including Simon Cowell! Her father is in the audience and the look of nervousness and pride on his face is so precious . . . OMG I wanted to hug him as well! Wild Horses is a great song but listen to this version and see what you think. Maybe it’ll touch your soul like it’s touched mine. ❤