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Service: Spirits In Service Live In Truth.

“When you find yourself in need of spiritual nourishment, it is in the opportunities to serve others that you will find the abundance you seek.” ― Steve Maraboli

Far beyond our consciousness, before we started to shift, there is a beautiful truth about our existence. The moment a catalyst is introduced into our lives and creates that moment of awakening, we begin a process of recalling this truth: That we are more than mere humans, and that inner energy that moves with us, makes us feel, and brings us alive is really who we are.
Our origin is one of immense beauty, power and love. We come from a very balanced Creative Source. Our journey is to take that energy that we are part of and grow. Everything in the space of endless energy is mirrored in our human lives. We are born, we grow, we learn, work and live, however it’s only the physical that dies. Our spirits live on, constantly learning and growing.

This amazing planet is a school of sorts. It’s the only place in this universe whe…

Service: The Simple Joys of Volunteering

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."  -James Barrie

The last post, I focused on my experiences with my cat Killy, throughout our 10 years of volunteer work. I shared the wonderful gift Killy had to read people’s emotions, know what they needed at the time they needed it, and how to give and receive unconditional love. He was a master at “volunteering” without even trying. Now, it is my turn to describe my own personal love of volunteering and what it has meant to me over the years.

When I first began volunteering, I really only started as a way to bring my wonderful cat to as many people as possible, so that they too could experience the same joy he had brought me. What I received instead still reverberates in my life even to this day. There are many ways to look at what volunteering for 10 years did for me, but I think it’s best to begin with how it affected my whole outlook on life.

I didn’t know what kind of situations would…

Service: Volunteerism Leads To Personal and Professional Development

Ask not where life can take you -- ask where you can take life!

Tuan Nguyen, a philanthropist and entrepreneur, began his life with a simple goal of always making a positive difference in people's lives. Surviving death during his escape after the fall of Viet Nam in 1975, he sees the world from a lens of gratitude and has been the foundation for all his hopes, dreams, and vision. His stories demonstrates how volunteerism is the best platform for professional and personal development.

Service To Others: Happy National Volunteer Week!

"Volunteers are love in motion!"
-Author Unknown

In advance of National Volunteer Week, my company asked those who volunteer to submit a sixty second video about how service to others affects our lives. I kid you not. It took multiple takes for me to get through my video. I could not stop crying. I eventually had to stop and ask myself why I was so emotional over sharing this part of myself.

After some reflection, I realized that my tears were coming from a place of gratitude and honor. I am grateful that something I am doing is directly affecting someone for the better. I am grateful because I have finally discovered why I am here, and what my life’s purpose is. I am grateful because it’s truly an honor to serve others.

I am also grateful that in this discovery I am finding others who live life on the same wavelength. From the widow who started a chapter to support Modern Widows, to a woman who loaded up her truck and passed out water to homeless people in the hot Houston…

Spirituality: Growth Rings. The Magical Lesson About Trees!

"These trees are magnificent.
But even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them,
as though with their growth it too increased.”
― Gaston Bachelard

I have an avid fascination with trees. My latest inner mantra is: Be like a Tree. Trees are just that; trees. They do not “think” about being a rock or a bird, or anything else. A tree is itself and it is a great lesson for us. Like a tree, we should just BE.
There is another lesson we can learn from trees, but it will take you down a more scientific path. Have you ever looked at a tree that has been cut down and sawed in half and looked at the rings in the trunk of the tree? Those rings are called growth rings and dendrochronology is the scientific method of dating these rings. It is fascinating way to study the tree and how it has grown and how it has been affected by the environment over time. We can learn a lot from this process and apply it to our lives.

Every single thing in this universe has a starting po…