I recently came upon this article which tells the difference between helping and serving. As caregivers of all types, this difference is paramount for our understanding in order for us all to be the best we can be for both those in need and ourselves.
From Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen author of the best-selling Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal – 10th Anniversary Kitchen Table Wisdom 10th Anniversary, the following is insightful:
“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.”
“Service rests on the premise that the nature of life is sacred, that life is a holy mystery
which has an unknown purpose. When we serve, we know that we belong to life and
to that purpose. From the perspective of service, we are all connected: All suffering is like my suffering and all joy is like my joy. The impulse to serve emerges naturally and inevitably from this way of seeing.”
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