Introducing Service: One of Our Six Pillars
Lumen Rain is a lifestyle brand movement with six pillars of action. The pillars represent how we want to be in life. The six pillars are kindness, gratitude, compassion, balance, hard work and service.
This post introduces service. We are all different and have different perspectives on service. This is how our team feels about service.
Jasmin says: Service means to me that you go out of your way to help other people. For example, if someone fell over and dropped their stuff you could help them. Other ways you can give service is by volunteering. You can go somewhere and help out, somewhere you would not usually go to help other people like a soup kitchen or a retirement home.
Candyss says: When I think about living a life of service many thoughts and images come to mind, but a couple of concepts seem to be thematic in my life. At an early age, I became fixated on a portion of the United States Army Ranger Creed. I was drawn to the powerful words that influenced an entire culture. Although the entirety of the Ranger Creed is relevant and hard-hitting, one part stood out more than the rest. A stanza that includes, ” I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.” I try to translate that Creed to my everyday life. Every day and through all things I remind myself to give 100% and then some. I interpret and apply this to most things I am faced with achieving. Whether it be performing a job duty, loving on my family, simply doing what I say I am going to do or providing care and attention to others. The “and then some” is service. Actually, giving 100 percent (and not taking the easy way) is service to others. Opening doors, picking up trash, leaving things better than you found them are acts of service and all examples of “100% and then some.”
Christina says: Service is a form of giving. Giving is a key to a happy life because when we give of our time, money, or talents, we step outside of our own small worlds and become a part of the community around us. Depending on who you are and what stage of life you are in, service can take various forms. You could service the people closest to you – your family – by helping with the dishes or baking a treat. You could serve the people you see every day – teachers and students – by volunteering at the library or working as a student aide. You could impact your community by serving at a local shelter, food pantry, or service organization. One day, you might even find yourself serving a larger community by helping people recover from a storm or donating funds to build a home. You never need to wait to serve, there is always a person you can serve today.
The second concept of servant leadership has always been one that has enamored me. To think about leading others through service is amazing. To have a team that has objective requirements, and to lead them to mission completion through love and service is intensely rewarding. People often feel most valued around you when they are a recipient of your service. Be a good steward to establishing trust in everything you represent, commit to the growth of the people around you, build community, listen and offer foresight. These may seem untraditional, but all are acts of service to the people, the community and the world around you.
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” Howard Zinn
Juli says: There are many different acts of service that you can do. Although the easiest things you can do are just listen to your parents, or help out your teachers at school. You might think these things are the hardest things ever, but just try them. Also you might be the person who already does these things, but just don’t realize that it is an act of service. Either way service is pretty easy once you get going with it.
Jo says: When I think of service, the usual feeling I get is that I’m too young, or I don’t have any time. Good thing, that isn’t true. Service could mean helping your mom with the laundry, or volunteering with your school. Simple things like that give service a real place in your life, and helps out your community.
Mother Teresa once said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” This quote is true to a lot of us as we go through middle school. We don’t have to change the world to make someone’s day with a smile.