Serving Those We Love

by Kelly Sajonia on · 8 comments

“Great oppor­tu­ni­ties to help oth­ers sel­dom come, but small ones sur­round us every day.” ~ Sally Koch

Shov­el­ing a snowy walk­way for an elderly neigh­bor, open­ing the door for a stranger on crutches, donat­ing money to a char­ity, or vol­un­teer­ing at a local shel­ter are just a few exam­ples of ser­vice to oth­ers. Even smil­ing at a passerby on the street and allow­ing some­one with fewer items to move ahead in the line at the gro­cery are small ways we serve others.

“Help one per­son at a time, and always start with the per­son near­est you.” ~ Mother Teresa

While ser­vice to those in need is impor­tant, so too is serv­ing daily the peo­ple we love. Some­times show­ing the same level of kind­ness and con­sid­er­a­tion we do for strangers to those we love is chal­leng­ing or not even attempted.

Do we take a rela­tion­ship for granted as a result of a cer­tain com­fort level?

Has nur­tur­ing and tend­ing to the rela­tion­ship slowly eroded over time?

Are long-standing grudges get­ting in the way of car­ing for the relationship?

Have we stopped speak­ing lovingly?

Love, sup­port, kind­ness, com­pas­sion, empa­thy, under­stand­ing, and for­give­ness are not to be reserved for char­ity and ser­vice to strangers; it should be show­ered on those we love, too.

Ask your­self: how have I served those I love today?

It will serve you well.


by Kelly Sajo­nia

Kelly Sajo­nia is a writer for many sites, but spends most of her time writ­ing for her award-winning blog Naked Girl in a Dress. Her inspi­ra­tional blog cel­e­brates redis­cov­er­ing life and love at any age. Kelly also has a full ser­vice social media mar­ket­ing busi­ness, runs a social media site for writ­ers, teaches blog­ging, and occa­sion­ally takes a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy gig.
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Jack August 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Encouraging as usual my dear warrior princess friend. This piece was a gut check for me as I fear that I’m becoming so internally worn out by being a long-term caregiver that I’m sliding into the walls. Be well. ~ Jack
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Kelly Sajonia August 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

Jack,
It’s okay to feel you need a break–or have taken a break. Honor that time for yourself, too. If you don’t practice self care, you can’t serve those you love. Please don’t forget that.
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Crystal @ Broke-Ass Mommy August 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm

My husband and I try to serve each other every day because we do not want to end up as a negative statistic. I make his lunches and he makes my dinners. We try to support each other as much as possible. In general, I’m just happy we make the effort as that is usually the first step.
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Kelly Sajonia August 29, 2012 at 10:23 am

By taking the time to care for each other, to serve one another, you are doing a great job keeping your marriage healthy and loving. Doesn’t it feel good to give and receive?

Thanks for sharing this comment!
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Audra Krell August 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Wonderful post and such a powerful Mother Teresa quote. That really helps to break down what can be such an overwhelming proposition.
My 3 teen boys are very service minded, but sometimes I see them doing nothing for their brothers or the family. I always talk about being the same person in public as you are at home. That we love those nearest to us first and then serve out of that kindness. I believe strongly that service begins at home.

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Kelly Sajonia August 29, 2012 at 10:24 am

It sounds like you are a great mom. Thanks for your comment!
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Kath Roberts August 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

Wise words….as they say its the small stuff that truely counts and I know when I focus my attention on serving others I always feel better for it. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of small acts of kindness.
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Kelly Sajonia August 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

You are welcome, Kath. I am happy this post resonated for you. Thanks for visiting.
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