Making the Shift from Self-Promotion to Service

“They may find themselves crying ‘vanity, vanity, all is vanity!’ it may occur to them that the problem stems from the smallness of the self they have been scrambling to serve. What if the focus of their concern were shifted? Might not becoming a part of a larger, more significant whole relieve life of its triviality?”

-Huston Smith, The World’s Religions

Making the shift away from ego-driven ambition to finding meaning and value through a commitment to serving that which is bigger than myself for the common good of humanity. This shift breeds true peace and happiness while ego driven ambition only promotes a fabricated persona that stirs more stress and strain. What we really want out of life is much deeper than the being the recipient of any glory or popularity and fame.

“Pleasure, success, and duty are never humanity’s ultimate goals. At best they are means that we assume will take us in the direction of what we really want. What we really want are things that lie at a deeper level…what people really want is liberation (moksha)-release from the finitude that restricts us from the limitless being, consciousness, and bliss our heart desires.”-Huston Smith

Embrace the world of pleasure and success and duty but realize that it is not the means to true satisfaction. What we really want is to free ourselves, transcend ego, and experience ultimately peace. We free ourselves through acts of service. Finding a calling bigger than the small self.

“The best way to find yourself is in the service of others”-Mahatma Gandhi

 

Make the shift from self-absorption to a calling…remind yourself that you are here to be love and have love by serving. Use your talents and special interests to fulfill your service with your calling.-Wayne Dyer 

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